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.
Guam, a name that symbolises World War Two and the Pacific conflict in modern history, which reverberated to the sounds of heavy bombers again the 1960’s and 70’s, with the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress launches towards Vietnam, is now a modern vibrant holiday destination where east and west collide, not surprising when you consider the islands location in the middle of the Pacific.
Pixelsnipers spent a few days in late 2015 with various elements of the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK.
Founded in 1926, the Lufthansa group continues to develop into the last quarter of 2015, with some 540 subsidiaries forming the world’s largest aviation group. The group’s offerings include several airlines, maintenance repairs, , flight training, catering, and many more industry leading services.
The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) have a dedicated training wing based at Kalamata Air Base (AB) that was established in 1970 and provides training to pilots undertaking flight and ground training. When the training facility was started in 1970, the aircraft of choice was the Lockheed T-33A, but within a year this was augmented with the T-37C which was used until the introduction of the T-6A Texan II in 2002. The T-33’s were replace by the T-2 Buckeye in 1976, and are still in use today.
The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Elefsis air base , located 15 kilometres west of Athens, is home to the 112 Ptergia Mahkis (112 Combat Wing) under the Diikissi Aeroporikion Mataforn (Air Transport Command) and is the largest ( by manning levels) and most diverse airfield in the HAF.
Pixelsnipers recently had the opportunity to visit B flight of 22 Squadron SAR (Search & Rescue) at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, and spent an afternoon on base to find out more about them, their mission and the venerable Sea King platform they use on a daily basis.
On February 9th 2015 the United States Air Force (USAF) deployed twelve Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft to the 52nd Fighter Wing (FW) at Spangdahlem Air Force Base (AFB) in Germany in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Pilatus Aircraft Limited was formed just after the start of the Second World War in December 1939, and even though the country was neutral for the duration of the war, the Swiss Government identified a need for training and maintenance of indigenous aircraft. The site chosen was an existing maintenance facility in the heart of Switzerland at Stans, in the region of Nidwalden close to its namesake Mount Pilatus.
Who and or what are RUAG? The name is derived from Rüstungs Unternhmen Aktiengesellschaft or in plain English, Joint Defence Stock Company.
RUAG was formed in 1998 and is currently Headquartered in Bern, Switzerland. Globally there is approximately 8,000 staff at production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Hungary, Australia and the USA.