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April 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment
The Breitling Douglas DC-3 HB-IRJ, currently in the midst of its round-the-world tour, was given a rousing welcome into Taiwan airspace on 25 April when it was intercepted and escorted by three Republic of China Air Force FCK-1 Ching-Kuo fighters off the Penghu Islands. One of the FCK-1s, all of which hail from the 443rd Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) based in Tainan, acted as the photo-ship for the mission. We hope the FCK-1s didn't have a hard time trying to keep pace with the slow lumbering DC-3!
Photos by ROCAF
March 03, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Two key assets of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)'s Plan Jericho — a 10-year blueprint for the transformation of the RAAF into a highly advanced and networked air force — have arrived in Australia and are on show at the 2017 Australian International Airshow held from 28 to 5 March at Avalon, Victoria.
Taking a pause from multi-national pilot training duties at Luke AFB, Arizona where they have been based since the third quarter of 2014, the first two of 72 RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs — AU-1 and AU-2 — arrived at RAAF Base Amberley on the evening of 27 February after their trans-Pacific ferry flight. Both jets, which are fielding the updated Block 3iP6 software release, arrived at Avalon on 3 March and were officially revealed to the public during the airshow. AU-1 and AU-2 will return to Luke early next week after the event. The first F-35s to be permanently based Down Under will begin arriving from 2018 to initiate the replacement of the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets, after a period of local integration and operational test and evaluation. They will be operated by three fighter squadrons — No. 3 and 77 Squadrons (along with 2OCU) at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales and No. 75 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal.
Similarly, the first two of 12 EA-18G Growlers arrived at Avalon on 28 February following a delivery flight from NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, where RAAF crew are undergoing training with the U.S. Navy's Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron — VAQ-129 'Vikings. To be assigned to No.6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, all 12 electronic warfare and support aircraft are planned to arrive in Australia by mid-2017, after a six-month operational test and evaluation program.
January 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment
We paid a visit to the Republic of China Air Force's Hualien Airbase located on the eastern cost of Taiwan in November last year. View the images from this fabulous F-16 and RF/F-5E/F base at the link here!
Tail flashes applied as part of this year's Exercise Top Ace have been spotted on various Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fighters this week! Probably the more remarkable ones adorn the following two F-15SGs. Held from 9 to 13 January 2017 at Paya Lebar Air Base, the five-day exercise pits the RSAF's five fighter squadrons against each other in assessments of their air-to-air skills and competencies.
F-15SG serial 8331 is adorned with this stunning tail flash of 142 'Gryphon' Squadron. This is the squadron's first participation in the annual Top Ace / Hot shot exercise series since its re-formation in March 2016. © Roy Choo
RTAF Gripen 70108 taxies out for the final time Hat Yai airport on 14 January with the late Group Captain Dilakrit Pattavi. Photo courtesy of Kitti Eaidkaew
What had been a horrifying sight for hundreds of spectators including scores of children, a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) JAS-39C Gripen crashed in a ball of flames together with its pilot Group Captain Dilakrit Pattavi at Hat Yai airport in Thailand's far south. The Gripen had been performing at the local Children's Day airshow when it rolled over and nosedived into the ground.
This is the first loss of a Thai Gripen since the RTAF took delivery of its first jet in February 2011. The aircraft, serial 70108, joined the RTAF fleet on 5 April 2013. Pior to the accident, twelve of these had been in service with 701 Squadron, Wing 7, based at Surat Thani Air Force Base.
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