June 28th 2015 will see the retirement of a Channel Islands aviation Icon, G-JOEY the Britten Norman Trislander. JOEY is operated by Aurigny Air Services, based in Channel Islands. This much loved aircraft has seen just shy of 40 years service in its lifetime, 34 of those years with Aurigny and is regarded as the flagship of their Trislander fleet. Construction Number 1016 off the Britten Norman production line, who would have thought that this Trislander would have become such an icon for an Airline as well as a recognised public figure. Mark Empson guest reports for AeroResource.
Articles > 2015 > Events | Adam Duffield | June 2015
On Sunday 7th May one of the finest collections of historic aircraft in the UK, the Shuttleworth Collection once again joined forces with the Light Aircraft Association to present the LAA Party in the Park in the wonderful surroundings of Old Warden airfield. A chance to witness some different displays to many other shows, Adam Duffield braved the glorious sun for AeroResource.
Articles > 2015 > Events | Michael Lovering | June 2015
With the temporary closure of RAF Waddington for runway resurfacing, Cosford was left as the sole RAF organised airshow in 2015. Expectations were high, but could this small air station in the Midlands rise to the challenge? Michael Lovering attended for AeroResource.
Articles > 2015 > Exercises | Mark Kwiatkowski | June 2015
On June 5th, arriving under the callsign ZARP 43/44/45, three US Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing out of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota landed at RAF Fairford for a short two week deployment as part of the BALTOPS 15 and SABER STRIKE 15 exercises in Europe. Mark Kwiatkowski was at RAF Fairford for AeroResource.
Now in its 7th year, the 2015 Throckmorton Airshow took place on Saturday 6th June. With the headline displays including Vulcan XH558 making its debut display of its final season, and the appearance of the newly restored Bristol Blenheim, a sell out crowd of 20,000 people descended on the former RAF Pershore site at Throckmorton. Duncan Monk reports for AeroResource.
RNAS Merryfield is a satellite airfield to the Fleet Air Arm base at RNAS Yeovilton. The airfield is a former RAF station, dating from the 1944 when it was used by the USAAF 441st Troop Carrier Group as a base for over 70 C-47 aircraft during Operation Overlord and the subsequent operations in Normandy. Every year the Royal Navy open Merryfield up to the public to provide the local community with a clearer understanding of what goes on at the airfield and why. The event is free of charge and because it takes place on a summer evening it is full of great photographic opportunities. The event in 2015 was well attended with over 2,000 people visiting, including Paul Smith who brings this guest report.
Articles > 2015 > Exercises | Mark Hawthorn & Danny Bonny | June 2015
More than 90 United States Marines Corps combat aircraft and crews recently made the bi-annual journey to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma in the western Arizona desert. They were in attendance for part two of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-15 (WTI 2-15), an advanced tactical aviation training course designed to produce highly qualified weapons and tactics instructors. Graduates of the course will go on to serve in key training officer billets to act as training experts in the fleet, ensuring that Marine aviation units continue to train effectively and to the same standard across the Marine Corps. Similar to many military exercises the key component of WTI is integration - a theme that Mark Hawthorn and Danny Bonny report on in this guest article for AeroResource.
Articles > 2015 > Operational | Ben Montgomery | June 2015
Two green discs in the dark and a deep humming noise – to many, these are the calling cards of the CV-22B Osprey departing or returning from another night sortie. But what do these elusive tilt rotors actually get up to on their nocturnal flights? Ben Montgomery joined the crew of a CV-22B from the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352nd Special Operations Wing over at RAF Mildenhall to find out more.
Articles > 2015 > Operational | Ben Montgomery & Duncan Monk | June 2015
The 7th Special Operations Squadron, which forms part of the 352nd Special Operations Wing, based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk has undergone several changes over the past 12 months, in line with an increase in capabilities and duties for the 352ndSOW as a whole. Duncan Monk and Ben Montgomery summarise the changes and realignment of this Special Operations Command unit.