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Global Strike Deployment 2014

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 an exercise of their long [...]

By | June 18th, 2014|Operational Reports|3 Comments

Exercise Global Lightning

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 to test and validate command [...]

By | May 21st, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014-1

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 air assets from 9 separate [...]

By | April 19th, 2014|Operational Reports|2 Comments

CP-140 Aurora – Canadian MMA

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 last delivered in August 1981) [...]

By | April 14th, 2014|Operational Reports|3 Comments

47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB

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 the base to photograph flight [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments

RAF TriStar Retirement

Originally designed as a civilian airliner in the 1960’s the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar later become a vital asset to the Royal Air Force transport fleet. March 2014 brings to an end the RAF service of the famous ‘trijet’. History In the late 1960’s American Airlines released a specification for a wide-body airliner to fly their [...]

By | March 24th, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments

The Last Shadow – MC-130P Retirement

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 Shadow leaving the 67th Special [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|Operational Reports|1 Comment

The Gunfighters of the Texas ANG

In October 2013 AeroResource was invited to visit the ramp of the Texas Air National Guard (ANG), the 149th Fighter Wing (FW) "Lone Star Gunfighters" based on the vast complex which is Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio Texas. History On the 21st August 1946 the 182nd FS was activated. During mid-1947 the 182nd received [...]

By | January 29th, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments