The 2023 multi national iteration of Exercise Anatolian Eagle (AE2023/2) took place at Konya Air Base in central Turkey in early May, with exercise missions being flown between Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 11th May. Chris Wood reports from central Turkey for GAR.
For three weeks in March, the skies over Lincolnshire, northern England and the North Sea reverberated to the sound of numerous jet fighters. Whilst this isn’t that unusual as half of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons are based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, between the 6th and 24th March there were additional aircraft adding to the noise. These aircraft were taking part in exercise Cobra Warrior 23-1, the largest exercise conducted by the RAF, which is designed to train crews in high intensity large force tactical air warfare. The exercise also formed the Mission Employment Phase of the RAF Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) course.
During August 2022 China’s Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) conducted a joint exercise in the northern part of Thailand called Falcon Strike 2022. Paul Filmer supplies images for this piece.
On Wednesday 5th April the skies around Lydd (London Ashford) Airport in Kent reverberated to the sound of some unusual visitors when a flight of six US Army Boeing CH-47F Chinooks passed through. Chris Wood was in the area and popped along for GAR.
The latest in the long running series of night photoshoots at RAF Northolt took place on the 16th March 2023. Chris Wood was there for GAR.
This autumn’s night photoshoot season has been a busy one. After a three and a half year hiatus as a result of runway resurfacing and the Covid 19 pandemic, October saw the welcome return of the Northolt night photoshoot, . Chris Wood was there and reports for GAR.
For the last two years a small group of (mostly) middle aged men have been meeting surreptitiously at a location in the Cotswolds, and occasionally at other locations across England. Chris Wood tells us more……
The 2022 iteration of NATO’s Tiger Meet took place at Araxos Air Base in western Greece between 9th and 20th May. Chris Wood reports.
Since May 1977 the F-15 Eagle has been a familiar sight in European skies. Alas it is a sight that is now no more, with RAF Lakenheath’s 493rd Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘The Grim Reapers’ having being replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II with the newly reactivated 495th FS. Gareth Stringer takes a look at the history of the F-15 Eagle in Europe, with images from the GAR team.
Organised and conducted by the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Air Tactics Centre (Kentro Aeroporikis Taktikis – KEAT), Exercise Iniochos 2022 took place at Andravida Air Base, Greece from the 21st March to the 10th April 2022, Tom Gibbons reports for GAR with additional photography from Kevin Wills and Chris Wood.
The 495th Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, received their second batch of F-35A Lightning II fighters on 10th February 2022. Glenn Beasley was there for GAR.
The Eviation Alice development team continue their progress towards first flight. Taxi trials have been underway and Rob Edgcumbe was there for GAR to see the latest progress.
The development of electric aircraft is a hot topic in the industry at the moment. One of the more advanced projects is Eviation’s Alice aircraft. It is getting close to first flight and Rob Edgcumbe made a visit to Arlington Municipal Airport for GAR to check out whether testing progress was being made.
The first four Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs for the 48th Fighter Wing arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK on 15th December.
Monday 13th December saw the departure from the Boeing facilities at St Louis International Airport, Missouri of the second batch of Qatar Emiri Air Force F-15QAs on the initial part of their delivery flight. Chris Wood was there to catch them when they landed at RAF Mildenhall.
In a quiet corner of Eastern Europe, a new Cold War has been playing out since 2014. Chris Wood reports from Constanta, on Romania’s Black Sea coast, on NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in the area.
Yesterday afternoon the first four F-15QAs for the Qatar Emiri Air Force arrived at RAF Mildenhall at the end of the second leg of their delivery flights. Chris Wood reports.
The number of aviation museums in Hawaii was recently halved with the closure of the Naval Air Museum Barbers Point. Hayman Tam guest reports for GAR on the current state of the museum and the disposition of the collection.
Floatplane service accounts for a significant amount of Seattle’s aviation activity and, at the centre of it, is a local company; Kenmore Air. This year sees Kenmore mark its 75th anniversary and, to celebrate, the company organised a public celebration. Rob Edgcumbe headed along for Global Aviation Resource to see the celebrations as they got underway.
One of aviation’s true legends passed away at the weekend when Dale ‘Snort’ Snodgrass was killed in a crash at an airport in Idaho. Gareth Stringer takes a look at his career.
Boeing continues production of the P-8 Poseidon with the first jet appearing for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Rob Edgcumbe caught it on the line for Global Aviation Resource and also nabbed a bonus sighting of a Royal Air Force jet on flight test.
Monday 19th July 2021 saw the arrival at Scotland’s Prestwick Airport of six Embraer A-29B Super Tucano aircraft and supporting Dornier Do-328 for an overnight stop as part of their delivery flight to the Nigerian Air Force.
On Friday, December 4, 2020, Boeing undertook a formation flight of its two T-33 chase planes to mark their retirement from use. Rob Edgcumbe provides an update for Global Aviation Resource on what took place. Additional images as credited
Gareth Stringer looks back at the life and times of one classic airliner that always caught his eye when he was a youngster interested in aviation – the Sud Aviation Caravelle.
As a follow up to their recent fly in at Popham, the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) organised another event at their home airfield, Turweston in north Buckinghamshire, on Saturday 5th September. Chris Wood popped along for GAR.
Today marks 80 years to the day since one of the most influential aircraft to have ever flown first took to the skies. The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito – affectionately named the Wooden Wonder by a British public stunned by its unmatched performance – went on to become one of the most important aircraft of World War Two.
Aviation events have been somewhat few and far between so far this year, but the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) finally managed to hold a small fly in at the delightful airfield at Popham in Hampshire on Sunday 23rd August. Chris Wood was there for Global Aviation Resource.
Sunday 23rd August 2020 saw four Embraer A-29B Super Tucano aircraft and supporting Dornier Do-328 arrive at Prestwick Airport, Scotland for a brief technical stop during their (assumed) delivery flight to Afghanistan.
To commemorate The Buccaneer Aviation Group’s successful move from Bruntingthorpe to the Cotswold Airport, GAR takes a look back at a very special feature.
An era truly ended on Friday 17th July 2020, as the British Airways 747-400 fleet became the latest casualty of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.