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  • Les ailes de Saint-Tropez
    above the water was both multifaceted and well orchestrated The meet was opened by a Rafale the Navy version coming from the neighbouring Hyères Naval Base with a most powerful demonstration The Patrouille de France was then one of the highlights of the afternoon with a punchy introduction and a perfectly controlled display The Alphajet formation circling against the azure of the skies was just perfect They were closely followed by the Ramex Delta a tactical display team flying the Mirage 2000N and coming from Istres airbase A very impressive show with military aircraft flying over the billionaires yachts very original For once some of the yachts on the water were more expensive than the military aircraft in the sky That s the magic of St Tropez Piston engines were also well represented with a Morane Saulnier 406 the only airworthy aircraft of the type in the world and then the magical and mythical curves of the Spitfire for a flight associating poetry and history Finally the rapid Sea Fury brought the point home with its impressive performance and particularly its white arabesques and spirals leaving very pretty swirls indeed in the sky of St Tropez The Montbéliard Fighter Museum was present with its well known Bronco an aircraft the agility and manoeuvrability of which are without equal and which showed what can be done with an aircraft when the pilot knows how to tame it Grace and pace best describe Aude Lemordant s display at the controls of her Extra 330 SC in the colours of the day s sponsor The reigning Aerobatics World Champion twirled inside the cube in such a way that spectators all but lost their bearings A flying lesson given by one of the most gifted pilots of her generation As an end to this

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  • First A400M in Belgium
    tactical transport aircraft Over from Canada the aircraft carried out a transport mission for the German Belgian and French armed forces commissioned by the European Air Transport Command EATC The A400M took off on August 09 from his base at Orléans to pick up material at the German airbase of Köln Wahn and then bound to the Atlantic During this missions she flew some 20 000 km between Köln Germany Shannon Ireland Washington USA Calgary and Quebec Canada and finally Melsbroek Belgium The arrival of the A400M Atlas is a significant symbol of the integration of European aerial means This common pool which is the EATC aims to make those aerial means profitable to all participating countries Germany Belgium Spain France and the Netherlands and in doing so reduce the operating costs The French A400M MSN08 at Melsbroek was the start for the implementation of the new procedures peculiar to this transport aircraft and the increasing workload with the Atlas integrated in EATC process will give the opportunity to train the Belgian military crews for these procedures long before the arrival of our own aircraft After the off loading of material and the complete handling with refuelling the A400M left

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  • Valenciennes airshow
    outward took some hours But be reassured this was maybe the only flaw and the organizers will take this into account for the next edition A prime choice and holy event full of Blue White and Red colours recommended without tempering let for the atmosphere alone and 2015 is already booked in our agenda The SBAP team wishes to thank warmly Mr Pierre Deprez and his team for the reception and facilities granted during our stay And a little wink to all the personnel of the Armée de l Air for the privileged moments with the Rafale Mirage 2000D and other Alpha Jets Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Some high speed passes Serge Van Heertum Little bit wet Marc Arys Simply impressive Marc Arys Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Marc Arys Marc Arys Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum A good old Fouga Magister Bruno Ghils Public could make flight with this Alouette II Serge Van Heertum Arrival of the Mirage 2000D Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum After the Paris fly by Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum 80 years Happy Birthday Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Marc Arys Just arrived and already on duty Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Marc Arys Marc Arys Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Pilot at the PAF a friendship team Bruno Ghils Technicians will take care of the planes Serge Van Heertum Interview Serge Van Heertum Ground crew busy to prepare the planes for the afternoon show Serge Van Heertum If you are looking for the wheel just behind you Bruno Ghils Marc Arys Arrival of the support C 160D Transall Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum All the material have to be unloaded Serge Van Heertum Cirrus SR 22 as support for the EVAA Serge Van Heertum Little problem for this Rondone F4 Serge Van Heertum Marc Arys Some flying models were also presented in the flying program Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum On scale flying model Nieuport Serge Van Heertum and SE5A scale 7 8 both made by Paul Roquelle Serge Van Heertum Pilatus P3 03 Bruno Ghils Stampe Vertongen SV 4c Bruno Ghils Serge Van Heertum Boeing KC 135R back from Paris National Day Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Rafale Tiger RC Model Serge Van Heertum Fox Glider also a RC model Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Autogiro MTO Marc Arys Piper L 4J Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Serge Van Heertum Parachute team of France Bruno Ghils On the way to the plane Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Preparing and embarcation Bruno Ghils Bruno Ghils Pilatus PC 6 B2 Porter

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  • Omega Tanker
    a decade earlier exploring a Land Based Tanker LBT concept The LBT would have provided the USN with a capability it lacks to this day big wing organic tanking to support carrier strike groups The expense of the project and staunch Air Force opposition effectively killed the program The McEvaddys vision did not require any support from the DoD the U S Air Force or the government and this was a serious advantage In the late 1990 s Omega Air Inc in conjunction with BAE Systems and TRACOR at its own expenses converted a former Pan American Airlines B 707 300 into a K 707 Modified from its inception to perform only probe and drogue refueling the aircraft employs a unique centerline refueling station located in the aft fuselage with dual redundant hoses The world s first commercial tanker first flew in 1999 In 2000 the aircraft commenced U S Navy certification testing at NAS Patuxent River and was certified in 2001 to refuel every type model or series of tactical aircraft in the U S Navy and U S Marine Corps inventory From 2001 until 2006 the Omega tankers flew under USN contract as a sub contractor to Flight International L 3Com which had an existing contract with the Navy flying Learjets In 2004 Omega Aerial Refueling Services Inc OARS was created with corporate offices in Alexandria VA to manage most aspects of the program and to enable future growth in this niche market and in 2007 OARS became the prime contractor on the USN contract OARS currently lease the tanker aircraft from Omega Air while Seven Q Seven another subsidiary of OAI is responsible for maintaining the aircraft In 2006 the second Omega K 707 tanker entered service Originally a Royal Saudi Air Force diplomatic transport it was converted under the same specifications as the original tanker To this day K 707s are the workhorses of Omega flying the majority of the company missions In late 2006 Omega began converting a former Japan Air Lines DC 10 40 aircraft to a KDC 10 configuration including two Flight Refueling Limited wing mounted refueling pods The aircraft was completed in 2007 debuting at the Farnborough Airshow that summer Late in 2007 the KDC 10 completed U S Navy certification at NAS Patuxent River and entering service in the spring of 2008 Omega refueling aircraft are based for maintenance at Brunswick Airport In 2007 OARS expanded its operations to include the first allied refueling flights by supporting the Royal Australian Air Force s RAAF F A 18 Hornets In 2008 Omega completed its first global deployment by transporting a squadron of RAAF F A 18s from RAAF Tindal Australia to Eielson AFB Alaska for a USAF Red Flag exercise and back again In May 2008 OARS also supported Royal Air Force aircraft using an Omega K 707 and KDC 10 to refuel Tornado GR 4A from New England to Arizona Canadian Air Force CF 18s have also used Omega during the

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  • 100 years ago...Shuttleworth
    the amount of letters found in the box 1916 was already well on its way and this war who was supposed to be settled in a couple of days was dragging on It was also in 1916 that my great grandfather moved on to the fighter group which was essentially his goal being assigned with a squadron flying the Sopwith Pup a real fighter aircraft A fair pilot he was soon to be considered by the authorities and sent to the Sopwith factory to analyze the advent and manufacturing of the new model the Sopwith Camel Taking advantage of his return to England he visited Miss Louise and his brother Geoffrey on leave Visits entertainment music hall were at the rendez vous before going back to war Things were this way but it was during this return to England that he married his war godmother Louise and so this lovely lady became my great grandmother Back to the frontline he first flew some missions on the Bristol M 1 C to move over to a squadron equipped with the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A one of the more popular and sturdy airplanes of the Royal Flying Corps He became the Wing Commander of this squadron at the end of 1917 Flying war missions with his SE5A he came across some great names in aviation such as Baron Manfred Von Richthofen in November 1917 Ernst Udet beginning of 1918 Edward Mannock in the spring Eddie Rickenbacker in May and Karl Degelow in begin November just a few days before the end of the hostilities As peace returned he went back to England to his beloved wife and continued his aviation career in the Royal Air Force which gained its independence on April 01st 1918 Ready for the war on the continent Per Ardua Ad Astra Through Adversity to the Stars Royal Flying School Avro 504K Royal Aircraft Factory Be2c Technicians on duty German dozzle camouflage as trophy British Tank Company with Mark 4 tank Brother Geoffrey Brother Geoffrey and his Mark IV tank In the Mark 4 tank Bristol F2B Fighter Squadron Godmother of war Miss Louise Fighter Squadron Sopwith Pup The Sopwith Pup could be equipped with the new rockets Meeting a Fokker E 3 Eindecker Delegate to the Sopwith Aircraft Factory The new fighter The construction of the new fighter Permission Tourism and Music Hall London Bus In permission with brother Geoffrey Important The newspapers Music Hall Wedding of Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Back to the front on Bristol M 1C aircraft Royal Flying Corps camp in Northern of France Photographic Unit tent Pilot tent Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A fighter squadron The cross of the enemy In the SE5A Manfred Von Richtofen Edward Mannock Eddie Rickenbacker Ernst Udet View in combat Karl Degelow Great Grandfather with pilots of the Squadron The Victoria Cross What you have been reading and seeing through the images is just a story but a story certainly lived for a part by some of her

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  • RIAT 2014
    been involved in building the prototype Scorpion the company may not build any production models Sylvestre stated depending on demand and manufacturing capacity needs the final site of Scorpion manufacturing beyond the initial low rate production 2015 is yet to be decided It may be built at Cessna but by the joint venture called Textron AirLand which is a legal entity of Textron Inc and AirLand Enterprises LLC Cessna itself is not formally a co owner of the joint venture at this time The Scorpion demonstrator completed pre flight taxi trials on 25 November 2013 in preparation for the aircraft s first flight The Scorpion first flew on 12 December 2013 for 1 4 hours The flight occurred 23 months after the aircraft s conception and the flight certification program will last two years Within the next 12 months Textron Airland hopes to complete 500 flight hours and verify basic performance features A demonstration involving sensors and weapons is expected by the end of 2014 Additional flights were conducted in January and February 2014 Initial flight tests showed positive results in evaluations of performance and mechanical and electronic systems On 9 April 2014 Textron AirLand announced that the Scorpion had reached 50 flight hours over 26 flights It was flown as high as 30 000 ft 9 100 m at speeds as fast as 310 kn 360 mph 570 km h and 430 kn 490 mph 800 km h and subjected to G forces ranging from 3 7 to 0 5 Gs Stall speed was identified at slower than 90 kn 100 mph 170 km h Other tests performed included single engine climbs and in flight engine shutdown and restart Pilots reported that the Scorpion was nimble agile and powerful even when flown on one engine with good low speed characteristics The aircraft demonstrated an intercept of a Cessna 182 as a typical general aviation aircraft Few issues were encountered attributed to the use of mature non developmental systems 300 400 flight hours are to be performed in 2014 over 150 flights including a number of international flights The Scorpion demonstrator is a tandem seat twin engine jet aircraft with an all composite fuselage designed for light attack and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions Production costs have been kept to a minimum by using components developed for Cessna business jet platforms common technology and manufacturing resources The flap drive mechanism is from the Cessna Citation XLS and Cessna Citation Mustang while the aileron drive mechanism is from the Citation X Textron Airland refers to the Scorpion as an ISR strike aircraft rather than a light strike plane It is meant to handle non traditional ISR flights that U S fighters had done in Iraq and Afghanistan A 10 and F 16 aircraft that flew in combat rarely were shot at and did not employ weapons on most flights Resulting costs were in the range of tens of thousands of dollars an hour and used up the service life of high end assets The Scorpion is designed to cheaply perform armed reconnaissance using sensors to cruise above 15 000 ft higher than most ground fire can reach and is still rugged enough to sustain minimal damage As of 19 May 2014 the Scorpion had flown 76 4 hours in 41 test flights no planned flights were cancelled due to mechanical or maintenance issues but several were cancelled due to weather Incremental improvements were to be made to the aircraft over the course of testing but participation in the Farnborough International Airshow accelerated changes Modifications made to the Scorpion include an engine inlet ice protection system and a metal inlet leading edge in place of the composite one for flying in a broader range of weather conditions a cockpit ladder so the pilot does not need a ground crew ladder an onboard oxygen generating system in place of oxygen bottles and other non urgent items The modified Scorpion will be painted and resume flights on June 1 before going to the U K The Scorpion will take part in an exercise in August 2014 in an attempt to generate interest in an order from the U S Air National Guard The premise is that a tornado goes through Kansas and hits a train carrying chemicals creating a situation with a large chemical spill cleanup and search and rescue operations A Textron test pilot will fly the Scorpion which will circle the area for a few hours and transmit full motion video of the area to Guard members This exercise is to demonstrate the aircraft s intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities to fulfill a niche for Air Guard missions Courtesy Textron Bruno Ghils for static display Fighters t he past and the present Luftwaffe C 160D Transall Spanish Air Force Casa C 295M Polish Air Force Casa C 295M Lithuanian Air Force C 27J Spartan Portugal Air Force Casa C 295MPA British Aerospace BAe 146 301ARA Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements FAAM Japan Air Self Defence Force JASDF Boeing 767 2FK US Navy Boeing P 8 Poseidon USAF Boeing KC 135R German Navy Lockheed P 3C Orion Algerian Air Force Lockheed C 130H Oman Air Force SOAF Lockheed C 130 J Royal Norwegian Air Force RNoAF Lockheed C 130J 30 Belgian Air Force new fuel sponsor to be fresh with foam on the top Rockwell OV 10 Bronco Folland Gnat T 1 BAC Jet Provost T 5A De Havilland Vampire T55 Export version of T11 Training the past and the present Consolidated PBY 5A Catalina Hawker Hunter T7 English Electric Canberra PR9 Some general vue of the event Italian Air Force EF2000 Typhoon display RAF Boeing CH 47 MkII display Italian Air Force Lockheed C 27J Spartan display Lockheed Martin F 16C Soloturk Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su 22M4 Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori Little smoke system problem at landing Airbus EADS A400M display I ta lian Air Force AMX display Boeing F 18F display Northrop F 5E Tiger II Patrouille Suisse Swedish Saab

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  • Farnborogh 2014
    the Vampire Meteor Canberra Vulcan and Harrier were just awesome This is I imagine how a Farnborough show also looked in the golden 60s It is good when things come full circle What better way to open the show than with a formation fly past of this Gloster Meteor T 7 and this De Havilland Vampire T55 The Vampire is an ex Swiss air force example whereas the Meteor had an active RAF career Now both aircraft are part of the flying history collection operated by Classic Air Force And let us continue with these beautiful jets the English Electric Canberra PR 9 XH134 active service ended only in 2006 days before the disbandment of its operator 39 1 PRU Squadron RAF This beauty is now operated by Midair Squadron The all over silver paint scheme complete with tri colour roundels and fin flash and large black XH134 markings under each wing represents the markings worn when the type entered service Vulcan XH558 remains a remarkable sight in the sky Especially the sound and sight when she takes off and the pilots put her in a sharp bank away from the public leaves you breathless On the other hand I m not sure if it is sensible to spent the huge amounts of money to keep here airworthy Although still in active service the Harrier deserves its place in the list of classic British jets In Europe only Spain and Italy keep on using the Harrier and seeing one in action has become rare The Harrier that was present at the show is operated by the Spanish Navy where the type is known as AV 8S Matador Recently it became known that the Spanish Navy has been promised 70 3 million euro for extending the lifespan of its Harriers beyond

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  • BKoks open door
    aging Seakings a second open door is planned on August 27 Under a beautiful sun which made us regret no flights were foreseen we could admire the three different versions which still will be flying along the coast side by side for some time the venerable Seaking the Alouette III and a superb example of the helicopter which will replace both types within our Air Force the Airbus Helicopter NH90

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