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Fairford Bomber Deployment 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. BALTOPS (Baltic [...]

By | June 20th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Weapons & Tactics Instructor Course 2-15

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 [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

7th SOS – Flying the CV-22B Osprey

Two green discs in the dark and a deep humming noise – to many, these are the calling cards of the 7th SOS 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 [...]

By | June 2nd, 2015|Operational Reports|3 Comments

Vulcan XH558 Restoration Part 1

When the final flying Avro Vulcan B2, serial number XH558, landed at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Tuesday 23rd March 1993 very few expected to see this historic type grace the skies of Great Britain again. This Cold War giant was expected to spend its twilight years undertaking fast taxi runs down the runway at the site [...]

By | May 31st, 2015|Operational Reports|2 Comments

MCAS Pendleton

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 Force, 1st Marine Division and [...]

By | May 30th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Keevil

Early on the 19th of April, on a cold and very windy Keevil airfield, the Sunday morning quiet was taken over by the sound of helicopters. This wasn’t an aerial invasion by a foreign nation, but the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force conducting an airfield assault as part of Exercise Joint Warrior. [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Lossiemouth

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 majority of the air assets [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Prestwick

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 in key operations and training [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Nellis Aggressor Squadrons

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 a more familiar sight, Jason [...]

By | March 18th, 2015|Operational Reports|3 Comments

UK MoD Upgrades Helicopter Fleet

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 – aiming to reequip and modernise [...]

By | March 14th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments