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So far Duncan Monk has created 34 blog entries.

115 Combat Wing – Hellenic Air Force – Cretes Ghost Vipers

The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete sits to the South of Greece’s mainland and is home to the 115 Combat Wing (115 CW) based on the sprawling Souda Air Base situated near Chania. Commanded by Colonel Ioannis Birmpilis, 115 CW is tasked primarily with protecting the southern flanks of both the countries airspace [...]

By | October 25th, 2018|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Baltic Bees Jet Team

Lying in the west of the Baltic State Latvia, the newly refurbished Jurmala Airport resides near the small historical town of Tukums. Since their inception in 2008, the Baltic Bees Jet Team have based themselves and their six immaculate and brightly coloured yellow and blue Aero Vodochody L-39Cs at this quiet ex-Soviet airfield. Duncan Monk [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Jurmala Airport Air Zoo

Just 40 miles west of the Latvian capital Riga in the small sleepy town of Tukums sits Jurmala Airport. Once a Soviet air base, the site is now home to an interesting yet largely unknown museum concept known as the Jurmala Airport Air Zoo. Conceived initially by KSAvia, Duncan Monk visited for AeroResource to find [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Historic Reports, Museum Reports|0 Comments

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) ‘Rawhides’

“Here we go, here we go, here we go!” - No, not the chant from fans at a football match, but the cries emanating from the two loadmasters of VRC-40 ‘Rawhides’ sat at the rear of our C-2A Greyhound, as they warn us we are just seconds from ‘trapping’ on board the deck of the [...]

By | January 21st, 2018|Operational Reports|1 Comment

USS George H W Bush – CVN 77

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the tenth, and final Nimitz Class nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier for the United States Navy (USN), is currently on its third deployment since entering service in 2009. On it's return from operations with the US Navy 5th and 6th Fleets in the ongoing operation against so-called Islamic State, the ship [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|Operational Reports|0 Comments

RNAS Yeovilton International Airday 2017

Back in 1947, the very first Yeovilton air show took place at its namesake’s Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) found in Somerset. Now, some 7 decades later and the RNAS Yeovilton International Airday 2017 is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the UK airshow season. With the Airday team renowned for attracting numerous [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|0 Comments

USAF Bomber deployment RAF Fairford

RAF Fairford was once again the focus for many aviation enthusiasts in recent weeks, with the United States Air Force (USAF) deploying all three Bomber types on the USAF inventory to the Gloucestershire base. As well as supporting a number of multinational exercises being held within the European theatre, namely BALTOPS and Saber Strike, the [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Hellenic Air Force RF-4E Phantom Retirement

On May 5, 2017, the Hellenic Air Force retired its final three RF-4E ‘Recce’ Phantom II aircraft during a ceremony at their home base of Larissa. The retirement brings to an end the use of the ‘Recce’ Phantom in Europe, as final RF-4E Phantom Squadron - 348 MTA – bows out after 64 years of continuous [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Event Reports|0 Comments

Ostrava NATO Days 2016

Found in the north-eastern corner of the Czech Republic near the border with Poland, the small city of Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region and, since its inception in 2001, been the setting for the annual NATO days show. Duncan Monk reports from Ostrava NATO days 2016. This show has grown from a [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|0 Comments

Ex BALTOPS / Saber Strike 2016

RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire has regularly seen United States Air Force (USAF) long-range bombers deployed to support ongoing multinational exercises in Europe, namely BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) and Saber Strike, over the last couple of years. Duncan Monk reports on the 2016 exercise and its participants. Touching down on RAF Fairford’s 3,046m long runway on June [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Operational Reports|1 Comment