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F-35A Deployment to RAF Lakenheath

Eight F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron ‘Rude Rams’ along with pilots, maintenance specialists, security and other support personnel from the active component 34th Fighter Squadron and the Air Force Reserve's 466th Fighter Squadron, both based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah recently undertook a three week deployment to RAF Lakenheath. Mark Kwiatkowski reports from the Suffolk base, with additional images from Craig Sluman and Duncan Monk. This historic deployment was the first operational US Air Force F-35 Lightning II deployment to Europe (putting aside the visit of Luke AFB F-35As to RIAT 2016), and is a natural progression following [...]

By | May 13th, 2017|Operational Reports|

Hellenic Air Force RF-4E Phantom Retirement

On May 5, 2017, the Hellenic Air Force retired its final three RF-4E ‘Recce’ Phantom II aircraft during a ceremony at their home base of Larissa. The retirement brings to an end the use of the ‘Recce’ Phantom in Europe, as final RF-4E Phantom Squadron - 348 MTA – bows out after 64 years of continuous operation. Although the F-4E will continue to serve with the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) under 117 Combat Wing at Andravida Air Base - operated by 338 Mira (Fighter Bomber Squadron) and 339 Mira (All Weather Squadron) - it was an emotional two days at Larissa [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Event Reports|

Australian International Air Show 2017

Air Power in Action was the theme of the 13th biennial Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition held at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria. Held as two concurrent events comprising an airshow and exposition, the air show is quite rightly marketed as the premier event of such ‘South of the Equator’. For the uninitiated, the show follows the feel of both Farnborough in the UK and Langkawi in Malaysia given the mix of civilian and military companies and aircraft that are represented. This year the show ran from February 28 through March 5 and, as the title suggests, [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

Gazelle 50th Anniversary Commemorative Fly-in

On April 7, 1967, legendary French helicopter Test Pilot Jean Boulet took the Sud Aviation SA.340 on its maiden flight. To mark this important anniversary and celebrate the success of what we now know as the Gazelle, Threshold.aero organised a gathering of the type at the ‘home’ of Army Air Corps (AAC) aviation - Middle Wallop in Hampshire. When designed by French company Sud Aviation, the intention was for the Gazelle to replace the companies Alouette II – in fact, the prototype itself flew with a tail boom from an Alouette II. This did not last for long though as the [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Event Reports|

US Air Force Air Education & Training Command

Life in the United States Air Force (USAF) begins with the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) with their mission to "recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver air power for America". Often nicknamed ‘The First Command’, over 30,000 students – both domestic and international – train with the 19th Air Force and the many units falling under the command of AETC that include Air Force Recruiting, Air University, Technical Training, Flying Training, Air Force Guard and Air Force Reserve. In total 17 bases across the United States report to AETC, covering almost every aeroplane in the force’s inventory. On [...]

By | April 2nd, 2017|Operational Reports|

Win Yeovilton Air Day 2017 Tickets!

With thanks to the organisers, AeroResource are once again offering two lucky readers the chance to each win a pair of tickets to Yeovilton Air Day 2017! Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset will open its gates on Saturday July 8th for the Royal Navy’s only official airshow of the year. This action-packed day out for all the family will once again feature thrilling flying displays showcasing the capability of the Fleet Air Arm both past and present. Whilst display acts are still very much being announced, those on the lineup already include two foreign participants in the Swiss Air Force display team Patrouille Suisse [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|News|

Bucharest International Air Show 2016

The air arms of Eastern European states have long attracted Western enthusiasts. However, as more and more of these ex-communist nations become integrated with Europe and NATO, their military equipment tends to follow suit leading to interesting, [...]

KC-135 60th Anniversary

On August 31, 1956 at just after 1pm local time, a new Boeing jet took to the skies for its first flight. That jet, Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 55-3118 named ‘City of Renton’, started a story [...]

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

The Royal International Air Tattoo is often the highlight of the UK’s Aviation calendar and attracts an interesting array of aircraft, new and old, from around the world. Anticipation for the show is even higher [...]

King’s Lynn Tornado Trail

It seems that over the last few years, towns and cities around the UK have taken to decorating their streets with various decorated models such as dragons, sheep, gorillas and pigs. However, for the last [...]

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016

Always a favourite with enthusiasts, RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016 had a tough act to follow after the great lineup at the 2015 show. In addition, with the withdrawal of the ‘Junglie’ Sea Kings from [...]

RAF Cosford Air Show 2016

RAF Cosford has, for the second year in a row, gained the distinction of becoming the Royal Air Force’s premier event and having been a fixture on the UK airshow calendar for many years now, [...]

NATO Tiger Meet 2016

Between May 16 and 27, Ala 15 of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) hosted this years edition of the annual NATO Tiger Meet (NTM) at their Zaragoza Air Base home. Two years have [...]

Italian Air Force Flying Training

The Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI) is significantly modernising its flying training. In 2015, Alenia Aermacchi’s T-346A advanced jet trainer entered service and 2016 will see the recently announced introduction of Tecnam’s P2006T for basic multi-engined [...]

Luchtmachtdagen 2016

After a year of absence in 2015, the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Luchtmachtdagen returned this year to Vliegerbasis Leeuwarden, in the North of the Netherlands. Whilst the theme of the show was once [...]

First F-35 Lightning IIs arrive in United Kingdom

Wednesday 29th June 2016 saw a significant milestone for the F-35 program, as the first deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II to the United Kingdom commenced with three aircraft landing at RAF Fairford, including [...]

Anatolian Eagle 2016

Large multi-national air exercises where combined air operations can be executed against strategic and tactical targets provide excellent training opportunities for all participants, but the requirements to host this type of exercise are such that [...]

Exercise Tac Blaze 16 – Carlisle

With the sleepy airfield at Carlisle converted into a forward operating base for some serious helicopter hardware, AeroResources’ Kevin Paterson decided it was time to dust off the cameras, charge the radios and head for the [...]

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