Operational Reports

The Last Shadow – MC-130P Retirement

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

The 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall has been visibly upgrading their aircraft and capabilities over the last year (see 352nd SOG welcome the CV-22B and MC-130J). With new types becoming operational, the older aircraft are now being phased out in turn. February 2014 saw the final MC-130P Combat [...]

F-35 – Joint Strike Fighter (Part 1)

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

In part 1 of a series of F-35 articles for AeroRescource, Mark Forest & Jason Grant take a look back at the development, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) competition and early production of the F-35 Lightning II along with the different characteristics of the three variants. Development During 1983 the Defence [...]

352nd SOG welcome the CV-22B and MC-130J

By | July 27th, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

On Monday 24th June 2013, the 352nd Special Operations Group took delivery of the first batch of CV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, marking the start of a large expansion and modernisation program at RAF Mildenhall. Ben Montgomery visited the 7th and 67th Special Operations Squadrons at Mildenhall to learn more about [...]

NAS Corpus Christi – TAW-4

By | March 3rd, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi based  on the Texas coast  is home to four United States Navy (USN) Training Squadrons. These training squadrons perform basic, intermediate and advanced flight training for Navy and Marine Corps students. During October 2012 Mark Forest and Paul Newbold had the opportunity to get [...]

Naval Air Training T-45A/C “Goshawk”

By | January 26th, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

AeroResource’s Mark Forest and Paul Newbold  get up close with the  T-45 “Goshawks” of Training Air Wing two  (TAW-2) at NAS Kingsville Texas and visit the heritage park on base. History and Design The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing T-45 Goshawk is based on the BAe Systems Hawk . This navalised and highly [...]

Home of the Bone – Dyess AFB 7th BW

By | November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

The United States Air Force have 60 B-1B Lancers in service, split between two Bomb Wings at two Air Force Bases. AeroResource's Jason Grant and Mark Forest visited the B-1Bs of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, situated just outside Abilene, Texas, to finds out how developments and upgrades [...]

NAS Mayport

By | October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

In May 2012 Mark Forest and Jason Grant joined HSM-40 Air Wolves (Helicopter Maritime Strike) at NAS Mayport to discover their history and development of their Naval Air Station and squadron. There is evidence of continuous occupation of the naval station site by Native Americans, Spanish, English, and Americans since [...]

MCAS Beaufort – The Hornet Nest

By | August 18th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort (Merritt Field), known as "Fightertown East" is located in South Carolina, USA. Hosted by VMFA-312 "Checkerboards", Paul Newbold and Stuart Skelton present this report for AeroResource. The base is exclusively home to the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet.  The Hornet first flew on November [...]

Air to Air Refuelling with the 100thARW

By | August 5th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

"NKAWTG!" reads the sign upon entering the 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, 100th Air Refuelling Wing - and it's true: Nobody kicks ass without Tanker Gas. Michael Buckle and Ben Montgomery joined the crew of "Quid 42" to find out more. The 100th Air Refuelling Wing & the Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker [...]

Fleet Readiness Center South West

By | April 18th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

The Fleet Readiness Center South West (FRCSW) on Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island is responsible for  major repair programs and fleet support for the United States Navy and USMC. Mark Forest presents a unique report for AeroResource, and brings the story of one special CH-53E. The FRCSW has a [...]

The Providers – VRC-30

By | February 16th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

February 9th 2012 saw AeroResource visiting Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island. Mark Forest was able to get up close with the colourful C-2A Greyhounds of VRC-30 "Providers"; a Pacific based Fleet Logistics Support Squadron. History VRC-30 can trace its history back to June 1943, beginning service as VR-5 flying, [...]

MAG-16 – MV-22Bs and CH-53Es at Miramar

By | February 15th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

During February 2012, AeroResource was invited to San Diego California to report on the MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion units that operate with Marine Aircraft Group 16. Mark Forest reports from MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California. MAG-16 was formed on the 1st March 1952 at Marine Corps Air Facility [...]

Hogs at the Heath – 81st FS Deployment

By | August 28th, 2011|Categories: Operational Reports|

The A-10C Thunderbolt II - also known as the Warthog, as well as "The Tankbuster". Whatever you want to call it, this is one aircraft perfectly designed for its role. AeroResource's Ben Montgomery was at RAF Lakenheath with the 52ndFW to find out more. The Aircraft During the Vietnam War, [...]

Andrews Naval Air Facility

By | May 29th, 2011|Categories: Operational Reports|

During early May 2011 AeroResource were invited to visit the Naval Air Facility Washington to photograph their based aircraft and meet with our host squadron for the day, Electronic Warfare Squadron 209  (VAQ-209) “Star Warriors”, which operates the Grumman EA-6B Prowler aircraft. The base was formerly Andrews AFB, but due [...]