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PICTURES: Indonesian Apache breaks cover

May 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The first Indonesia Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat TNI–AD) AH-64E Apache Guardian has broken cover at what is believed to be the Boeing production line at Mesa, Arizona during flight tests. Painted in a refreshing two-tone green-brown scheme, the Apache is part of a foreign military sales (FMS) contract of eight aircraft that also comprises AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, Longbow fire control radars and a training and crew support package awarded to Boeing by the US government in January 2015. The Indonesian military is expected to publicly unveil the attack helicopter at a parade on 5 October 2017 to mark the 72th anniversary of the armed forces.


Photos: Breitling DC-3 on World Tour Escorted by FCK-1 Ching-Kuo

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


PICTURES: RAAF F-35A and EA-18G on show at Avalon 2017

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.

20170303raaf8185068_000120170303raaf8185068_0001Australias first F-35A Lightning II aircraft 01 and 02 in transit to the Australian International Airshow in Avalon. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Defence Force is proud to be part of the 2017 Australian International Airshow, with displays showcasing the latest military aviation assets and technology. Photo Credit: RAAF/Corporal Craig Barrett

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.

20170228raaf8201782_019-A20170228raaf8201782_019-AA pair of Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growlers en route to the Australian Air Show in Avalon. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Defence Force is proud to be part of the 2017 Australian International Airshow - the premier event in the Southern Hemisphere for showcasing aerospace industry and military aviation. Photo Credit: RAAF/Sergeant Mick Bott

 

Further Reading

- Australia's first two F-35s take to the skies


Vipers' Nest - Hualien Air Base

January 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A flight of five F-16A/Bs undergo final checks at the Last Chance Area while another two armed Vipers launch on a Combat Air Patrol. © Roy Choo 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 on F-15SGs for Singapore Air Force's Exercise Top Ace 2017

January 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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.

Exercise Top Ace 2017 (Jan 2017) - F-15SG serial 8331 is adorned with the Ex. Top Ace tail flash of 142 'Gryphon' Squadron. The five-day exercise pits the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)'s five fighter squadrons against each other in assessments of their air-to-air skills and competencies.© Roy Choo 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 

Exercise Top Ace 2017 (Jan 2017) - On finals to Paya Lebar Air Base amongst nondescript bulidings, F-15SG serial 8328 bears the Ex. Top Ace tail flash of 149 'Shikra' Squadron. © Roy Choo On finals to Paya Lebar Air Base amongst nondescript buildings, F-15SG serial 8328 bears the Ex. Top Ace tail flash of 149 'Shikra' Squadron. © Roy Choo

Further Reading

- Exercise Hotshot 2014: Tail flashes galore

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