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.
The world’s largest aircraft landed at Prestwick Airport yesterday and Tom Gibbons was there for Global Aviation Resource.
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...