The SOFIA airborne telescope provides a unique capability to observe the heavens. Charles Mason was able to see the aircraft up close and personal on two occasions with the media event held at Stuttgart and to participate in a mission from Palmdale. In this feature for Global Aviation Resource, Charles details the history of the programme and describes the mission experience.
Historic Helicopters has been busy returning Westland helicopters to flight. Following on from the Whirlwind and the Wessex, today an ex-RAF Sea King HAR3 joined the fleet in the air. Kevin Wills was there and provided some video and photos of the flight for GAR.
The Boeing 777X has finally undertaken its first flight from Paine Field in Everett Washington and this delayed event will signal the start of a long-awaited the flight test campaign. Rob Edgcumbe reports on the process to get the 777X programme this far, with pictures from Jake Welty and Rob Edgcumbe.
The bi-annual trade fair and airshow held at the Jose Maria Cordova Airport in Medellin, was attended by Paul Filmer. Here he provides a pictorial representation of the event.
The bi-annual MAKS event in Zhukovsky is always guaranteed to uncover something unusual among the regular participants. This year was the first appearance of the Su-47 after many, many years tucked away in the Sukhoi storage area following its public outing in 2007. Paul Filmer provides a pictorial overview of some of the sights during the week.
Continuing our series of articles about NAS Fallon, in this part Paul Dunn looks at Air Wing readiness training. Additional photography as credited.
In the first of our 10th anniversary features, Rob Edgcumbe sits down with a true aviation legend. 'There are many legendary names in the aviation business but one that will always be high on the list is Clay Lacy. Rob Edgcumbe sat down with him for GAR to learn...
Naval Air Facility El Centro (Vraciu Field) facility is a key element within the US Naval Aviation Training system. Global Aviation Resource was recently able to spend a couple days at El Centro to experience first-hand the training activities and the bi-annual Photocall. Tom Gibbons and Kevin Wills report.
Naval Air Station Fallon is one of the US Navy’s largest and most important bases and is home to a host of interesting units. In a short series of articles, Paul Dunn takes a look some of the best known organisations, starting with the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center or NAWDC.
It’s that time of the month again – GAR’s photographic highlights are now live, with all the images here captured in October 2019.
Welcome to the Global Aviation Resource team’s September 2019 highlights.
Wednesday 9 October saw three F-35B Lightnings of 617 Squadron depart from RAF Marham heading west, for the Lightning Force’s first westbound Atlantic crossing. Their initial destination was Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, in preparation for embarkation onboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for Westlant 19. Chris Wood reports from Marham.
It’s a bumper edition of Highlights this month as we take a photographic look back at August.
The Dutch are well known for their love of aviation, so it should come as no surprise that they like a good airshow. For several decades the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu – Royal Netherlands Air Force) have held open days, now known as Luchtmachtdagen (Air Force Days), with hosting shared between their three main operational bases; Gilze-Rijen, Leeuwarden and Volkel. The last event was at Leeuwarden in 2016, which saw the first deployment of Dutch F-35A Lightning IIs to their homeland. The 2019 event took place at Volkel, home to two of the KLu’s F-16 squadrons, on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, and Chris Wood reports for GAR.
Hopefully worth the wait – here are Global Aviation Resource’s photographic highlights for July 2019.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of one of Man’s greatest endeavours, the lunar landing of 20th July 1969, Gareth Stringer looks at the aviation foundations of the three men who flew on Apollo 11’s historic mission to the moon.
The 2019 iteration of the NATO Tiger Meet took place at Base Aerienne 118 Mont-de-Marsan, in southwestern France, from May 13th to 24th. Chris Wood reports from the Tigers’ lair for GAR, with additional photography by Tom Gibbons.
It’s time for our monthly photo highlights once again – and as ever it offers some real variety from across the globe.
Having spent three days embedded with 846 Naval Air Squadron during Exercise Wyvern Tor as they supported the unique Ten Tors Challenge event held on the Dartmoor National Park in south west England, Ian Harding and Kevin Wills report for GAR.
New airliners don’t come along terribly frequently so the first movements of a new jet are bound to attract some attention. Rob Edgcumbe was at Everett when the first Boeing 777X started taxi trials.
The latest in a series of US Strategic Commands (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployments to Europe took place in March when six B-52H Stratofortresses and more than 450 personnel from the United States Air Force (USAF) 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana deployed to RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire.
June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the momentous allied landings on the beaches of Normandy that began the liberation of Western Europe. The commemorations have been touching, spectacular and all encompassing, including a significant number of aviation elements, with aircraft old and new.
This is the third of our monthly ‘Highlights’ photo series and all the images you see here were taken by our photographers in May 2019.
The latest iteration of the long running Red Flag series of exercises took place between the 8th and 22nd March at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Very much a multinational affair, Red Flag 19-2 attracted international participation from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to strong support from the USAF and US Navy. Paul Dunn reports on the exercise content.
A restored B-52 is the centrepiece of a Vietnam War Memorial that has been created as part of the Museum of Flight in Tukwila. The Memorial Day weekend was the setting for the opening of the memorial and Rob Edgcumbe was there for GAR to witness the ceremonies.
GAR’s Editor, Gareth Stringer, takes a look back at the first ten years of Global Aviation Resource as we announce a series of features and articles to mark the occasion.
This is the second of our monthly ‘Highlights’ photo series and encompasses April 2019.
This years Frisian Flag exercise took place from the 1st – 12th April 2019 at Leeuwarden Airbase in the Netherlands and Jeroen van Holland was there for Global Aviation Resource.
In this second feature to mark the retirement of the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, Global Aviation Resource spoke to one man who has experienced the aircraft at first hand.
EART 2019, the European Air Refuelling Training exercise, was recently conducted at Eindhoven Air Base for the sixth time and Jeroen van Holland was there to report for Global Aviation Resource.