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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 in Farnborough years when global aircraft manufacturers descend on the UK to try and secure vital sales for their latest products, often resulting in type or variant debuts. So the question lies - Did RIAT 2016 meet the historically high standards of the long running show? Michael Lovering and Ben Montgomery attended over the weekend for AeroResource. For many, the Royal International Air Tattoo (or [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

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 two years, King’s Lynn’s decorations have been somewhat aviation themed with Spitfires in 2015 and now, to celebrate the Centenary of RAF Marham, the mighty Tornado. Launched at the beginning of June and running until the end of September, no less than 16 model Tornado GR4s (the official documents for the trail state 15 however I found 16 on display) are currently located around the [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Adam Duffield, Staff Blogs|

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 service, the question many were asking was could the finale of the show still live up to expectations? Adam Duffield and Duncan Monk spent the day at the Somerset base to judge for themselves. RNAS Yeovilton is home to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm’s Lynx, Wildcat and Commando Helicopter Forces (CHF) alongside the aircraft of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) and the Fleet [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

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, it has become a ‘must’ for aviation enthusiasts up and down the country – and rightly so! After an award winning show last year, AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan joined a crowd of almost 60,000 descending on the Shropshire base to see if the feat could be repeated again for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2016. Mention the word Cosford and many will think of the world-class [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

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 passed since the Ejército del Aire made firm its proposal to organise the ‘meet’ at Zaragoza especially with Ala 15 being one of two Spanish units - the other being Ala 14’s 142 Escuadrón at Albacete - belonging to the NATO Tiger Association. Since the proposal to host the NTM16, there have been many meetings to plan and organise in detail the joint exercise by [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Exercise Reports|

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 training. Within a few years, the Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) looks poised to replace the countries ageing MB-339s and equip Italy’s world famous Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team. Kevin Wright examines how Italy is managing the most fundamental modernisation of its military flying training since the Cold War. FLYING SELECTION AND INITIAL TRAINING A young aspirant pilots training includes a three-year programme of [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Operational Reports|

Westland Sea King HC4 Commando Retirement

The 31st of March 2016 heralded another sad day in the history of UK military aviation as the iconic dark green Westland Sea King HC4 Commando helicopters, affectionately known as 'Junglies', were retired from active [...]

Whiteman Air Force Base

Known the world over as home to the United States Air Force’s Northrop B-2 Spirit fleet, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, also has a number of other units and aircraft assigned to its command. For [...]

American Air Museum reopening

In March 2015, the American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum Duxford closed its doors for a year as it underwent a major refurbishment of both the building and the displays. A little over [...]

Bruntingthorpe Treble Tanker Nightshoot

Being a fan of transport and tanker aircraft, attending a nightshoot at Bruntingthorpe with three of the resident ex-Royal Air Force examples was certainly not a hard decision to make. Ben Montgomery travelled up to [...]

Bourne Park Nightshoot 2

Over the last year or so, the Gazelle Squadron have become one of the most enthusiast friendly display teams on the circuit. Following on from their first event, Saturday 5th March saw Bourne Park Nightshoot [...]

NAS Fallon

Located in the High Desert of North Nevada and a little over an hour’s drive from Reno, Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon is host to VFC-13 ‘Fighting Saints’, the Naval Strike and Warfare Center (NSAWC) [...]

WT333 First Flight 60th Anniversary

On 30th January, the quiet surroundings of Bruntingthorpe were replaced with the roar of jet engines as one of the airfield’s most colourful residents celebrated a huge milestone. Jamie Ewan was among the gathered guests [...]

Birlingham Jet Aircraft Collection

A few miles from the small town of Pershore in Worcestershire near Birlingham lies a small private collection of vintage jet aircraft. Rescued from the scrap mans axe over 20 years ago by local produce [...]

93rd Bomb Group Museum

During World War Two the shape of the Norfolk countryside was transformed with a multitude of airfields being built to support British and American forces operating over Europe and further afield. Whilst many of the airfields [...]

L’Epopee de l’Industrie et de l’Aeronautique

Hidden away in a nondescript industrial estate in the French town of Albert lies L'Epopee de l'Industrie et de l'Aeronautique - unknown to many who pass through. This collection of aircraft, vehicles and other varied [...]

AeroResource 2015 Highlights

As is the trend for the end of each year, it’s time for us at AeroResource to reflect on our 2015 – and unfortunately unlike 2014 the lows immediately spring to mind ahead of the [...]

UK Helicopter Search and Rescue

The world of UK Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) has gone through a historic transition over the past 12 months culminating today, January 1st 2016 at 0900. Both the distinctive yellow Royal Air Force and [...]

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