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Exercises and Deployments – Exercise Point Blank 18-3

Exercises and Deployments – Exercise Point Blank 18-3

Tuesday 27th November saw the latest iteration of Exercise Point Blank take place over eastern England and the North Sea. Point Blank is a recurring large force exercise, designed and hosted by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath. Its objective is to increase tactical efficiency of UK and US forces in the UK and Europe and is seen as a low cost alternative to exercises such as Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

Warbirds – FHCAM Stuka Unveiling

Warbirds – FHCAM Stuka Unveiling

As warbirds go, the Stuka is one of the rarest. With two complete examples on display and none flying, it is one that many enthusiasts would love to see flying. FHCAM unveiled their restoration on November 10th and Rob Edgcumbe went along to take a look for GAR.

Red Flag 18-1

Red Flag 18-1

Red Flag 18-1 was a three week exercise which took place at Nellis AFB, Nevada, from January 29th to February 16th 2018. Participating were flying units from the US Air Force, US Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force, as well as a number of ground units from various forces, including the US Marine Corps. Around 100 aircraft deployed to Nellis for the exercise. Chris Wood reports from Nevada.

Exercises and Deployments – Red Flag 17-4

Exercises and Deployments – Red Flag 17-4

Red Flag 17-4 took place at Nellis AFB, Nevada, between 14th and 25th August 2017, as the latest iteration of the long running series of realistic combat training exercises. Attracting participation from allied nations, alongside the US armed forces, the final Red Flag exercise of this year took place despite several cancellations in the weeks leading up to the exercise itself. Paul Dunn was there for GAR, with additional images by Chris Wood.

Aviation Event – Concrete Fly-In 2017

Aviation Event – Concrete Fly-In 2017

Aircraft fly-ins can become large events with the attendant restrictions on your ability to get around all of the attendees. The Concrete Vintage Aircraft Fly-In is the opposite of this despite the substantial number of aircraft that show up. Rob Edgcumbe went along for GAR and describes a new event for him.

Aviation Event – Arlington Fly-In 2017

Aviation Event – Arlington Fly-In 2017

A regular feature of the Pacific Northwest aviation scene is a fly-in that takes place annually at Arlington in Washington State. A gathering of light aircraft from across the northwest seemed like something worth exploring. Rob Edgcumbe travelled there for GAR.

Aviation Event – FHCAM European Theater Day

Aviation Event – FHCAM European Theater Day

As summer starts to draw to a close in the Pacific Northwest, there is a final burst of aviation events making use of the conditions before it starts to get damp. Paine Field hosted one such event with European Theater Day and Rob Edgcumbe went along for GAR to see what was taking place.

Feature Operators – Gregory “Wired” Colyer and Ace Maker Airshows

Feature Operators – Gregory “Wired” Colyer and Ace Maker Airshows

The route to becoming a display pilot is one that has been trodden by many people over the years. There are some familiar routes that people take. One guy has gone about it in a different way and has been very successful. Rob Edgcumbe sat down with Gregory “Wired” Colyer for Global Aviation Resource to learn about how the Ace Maker became a feature of the US air show circuit.