Operational Reports

Vulcan XH558 Restoration Part 2

By | July 6th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Having discussed the ‘Delta Lady's return to flight, James Innes interviews Kevin Rumens, one of XH558’s Display Pilots. Better known as Kev, he is lucky enough to have displayed the aircraft both in service with the Royal Air Force and in civilian hands post-restoration. Balancing his role of flying 558 [...]

Weapons & Tactics Instructor Course 2-15

By | June 10th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

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 [...]

MCAS Pendleton

By | May 30th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego in North County California is the United States Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Covering more than 125,000 acres with both mountainous and coastal training environments, the base is home to 1st Marine Expeditionary [...]

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Lossiemouth

By | May 17th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 was the latest in a long running series of multinational exercises taking part in the UK. With 55 ships from 14 nations taking part, Joint Warrior 15-1 was the biggest to date. RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland again played a major part in the exercise with the [...]

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Prestwick

By | May 17th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Located on the Ayrshire coastline, Prestwick Airport is no stranger when it comes to military aircraft with a long and distinguished history in aviation in Scotland. In recent years, the airport has seen an increase in military use of the airfield both in day-to-day transits and becoming an integral part [...]

Nellis Aggressor Squadrons

By | March 18th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Aggressor aircraft in their distinctive colour schemes are a common sight at Nellis AFB and over the Nevada Test and Training Range. However, with the recent deactivation the 65th Aggressor Squadron consigning the Russian aircraft marked Eagles to the annals of history, and with the latest generation of aircraft becoming [...]

UK MoD Upgrades Helicopter Fleet

By | March 14th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

In a manner not seen since it came of age in Vietnam, Afghanistan has thrown a spotlight onto the vital role of the helicopter in fighting and winning modern conflicts. As part of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Ministry of Defence outlined their Rotary Wing Strategy – [...]

Red Flag 15-1

By | February 14th, 2015|Categories: Operational Reports|

Nellis Air Force Base has become synonymous with the Red Flag exercises. Every year, aviation enthusiasts from all over the world make the trek to the desert, north east of Las Vegas to watch the spectacle of the premiere military aircraft training exercise taking place. Jason Grant and Mark Forest [...]

Global Strike Deployment 2014

By | June 18th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire is a key strategic forward deployment base for the United States Air Force Global Strike Command. Deployments of strategic bombers to the European theatre are considerably rarer today than they were only a decade ago. During June 2014, Global Strike Command deployed a number of assets for [...]

Exercise Global Lightning

By | May 21st, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Every year, the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) undertakes training exercises incorporating their assets and Government agencies. One of these exercises is named GLOBAL LIGHTNING. Adam Chittenden looks at what aircraft are involved and what this exercise is designed to achieve. "Global Lightning 14 is designed to provide training opportunities and [...]

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014-1

By | April 19th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014 Serial 1 was the latest in the long-running series of multinational exercises of the name that have run in the UK, and also the largest tactically focused military exercise held in Europe during 2014. Over 13,000 personnel, 33 ships, 3 submarines and multiple ground, troop and [...]

CP-140 Aurora – Canadian MMA

By | April 14th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Externally similar to the widely used and highly successful Lockheed P-3 Orion, the CP-140 Aurora is in fact a different machine entirely. Named after the Greek goddess who restored Orion’s eyesight, Canada took delivery of the first of its 18 strong fleet of CP-140 Auroras in May 1980 (with the [...]

47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB

By | April 5th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Laughlin AFB is one of USAF's five major primary training airfields, located in remote Del Rio, Western Texas it's is ideal for training flights. It is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing (FTW) that forms part of the Air Education Training Command (AETC). Ian French and Mark Forest visited [...]