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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|

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 again Operatie Luchtsteun (which literally translates to Operation Air Support) it was clear that for this year at least the show had a rather particular aim. Love it or hate it, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II will be here to stay and for 2016, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht's task was to ensure that the Dutch public loves this new aircraft. With a display centerpiece built [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

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 one of the first three examples for the Royal Air Force. Plans for the F-35 participation at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) have been known publically for some time - but following the "will they/won't they" saga in 2014 (a planned appearance in that year stopped short by a fleetwide grounding following an engine fire on a USAF [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|News|

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 there are only three training centres in the world where they can take place. Of these, the only one located outside North America is the Anatolian Eagle Training Centre (AETC) in Turkey. This year’s Anatolian Eagle 2016 exercise ran from 30 May until 10 June. The first Anatolian Eagle exercise was held in 2001 after the need for an indigenous training facility arose as a [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Exercise Reports|

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 fence line for Exercise TAC BLAZE 16. Each year, Carlisle Lake District Airport in Cumbria goes through a rather drastic transformation for two to three weeks as the airfield becomes home to a helicopter detachment from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The airfield that comprises of two paved runways is normally home to a number of general aviation flying schools but is also no stranger [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Kevin Paterson, Staff Blogs|

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 [...]

Vulcan XH558 Image Wall

The second retirement of Avro Vulcan XH558 has brought with it an incredible amount of attention not just from enthusiasts but also the wider public. In an attempt to show and preserve the memories of [...]

Lightning Preservation Group Twilight Run

As we head into the winter months, events in our hobby are few and far between and normally limited to the odd nightshoot. The Lightning Preservation Group (LPG), however, do not let the season slip [...]

East Kirkby Fireworks & Night Run 2015

  Normally held on the first Saturday of November, this year saw the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s season finale fall on the last day of October. Jamie Ewan made the trip into the heart of [...]

Sywell Radial and Trainer Fly-in

  With fly-ins being the heart and soul of the United Kingdom’s general aviation scene, AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan popped up to Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, for a look at the recent Sywell Radial and Trainer fly-in organised [...]

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