Imagine a couple of F/A-18 Hornets flying in close formation, with afterburners screaming through a valley, vapor forming over the wings and fuselage, dispensing flares, with snow-capped rugged mountain in the background. That is one image that was etched in my memory for a long long time – after seeing it for the first time on an online watering hole for aviation photographers called Fencecheck.com. I never imagined myself traveling internationally to air shows around the world, but I had put that on my bucket list anyways.
Deep in the Negev Desert in Southern Israel jet noise permeates the harsh but beautiful landscape, for it is here that the huge Israeli Air Force (IAF) air base of Ovda is located.
Anti-ship capabilities provided by Greek Dassault Mirage 2000s are a vital NATO asset in the increasingly contested waters of the Mediterranean. Few squadrons in the alliance are assigned this over-water mission, making the jets a prized component in the defence of Europe’s southern flank. The French-built Mirage 2000 has been in Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service since the late 1980s, but upgrades are doubtful because of the country’s continuing financial woes.
It was 1988 that Australia hosted an international air show to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary. That air show featured a lot of international presence with the F-15 Eagle, Tornado F3, Harrier, the Royal New Zealand Air Force “Kiwi Red” aerobatic team and even featured a flypast of the famous B-52 Stratofortress bomber.
The first set is from Dong Tac, home to the 910th Regiment and its Aero L-39Cs. The 910th is known as the 910th Julius Fucik Training Regiment
2016 was quite a year for airshows all over the world, with many events taking place from January through to December. This article is brought to you by members of our team from all over the world, and includes some of the highlights and lesser seen and/or promoted shows. This team consists of Paul Spiteri Lucas from Malta, Frank Vorwerk from Germany, Jeff Chang from Taiwan, and
Malmen has a long military history dating back to the 1600’s but we fast forward to 1912 when the first military flying school was established on the base. The initial complement of aircraft was 3 and this developed over the course of that year.
The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton was the setting in July 2016 to remember a true legend of aviation – Eric “Winkle” Brown. The announcement of the passing of Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN back in February 2016 was a shock to all those who had known him through his distinguished and swashbuckling life.
With Boeing reaching their one hundredth year in the aerospace industry and manufacturers showing off their latest aircraft, initiatives and advancements, Farnborough international airshow 2016 was set to be full of celebrations, bumper orders and a display of cutting edge technology.
Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton held its annual International Air Day on Saturday 8th July 2017. Always one of the highlights of the European Air Show calendar it provides a good mix of fast jet, helicopter and propeller action to delight the enthusiast as well as the local service and civilian families. Bases operated by the Royal Navy are given ship names as well as a base name and RNAS Yeovilton is no exception. Also known as HMS Heron it is one of 2 active Fleet Air Arm flying stations in the United Kingdom, the other being RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk).