YAM Halifax Nightshoot

Articles > 2015 > Events | Jamie Ewan | March 2015
YAM Halifax Nightshoot
Home to one of the finest collections of aircraft in the UK, Jamie Ewan travelled to the Yorkshire Air Museum for a nightshoot with their replica Handley Page Halifax III better known as 'Friday the 13th'.

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Nellis Aggressor Squadrons

Articles > 2015 > Operational | Jason Grant & Mark Forest | March 2015
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 Grant and Mark Forest take a look at how the remaining Aggressor Squadron at Nellis AFB - the 64th Aggressor Squadron flying older 4th generation aircraft - remain at the cutting edge as well as the history behind the United States Air Force Aggressor Squadrons at Nellis AFB.

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UK MoD Upgrades Helicopter Fleet

Articles > 2015 > Operational | Ben Montgomery | March 2015
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 the UK armed forces rotary wing fleet over the next ten years. Half way through that timeframe, MoD Defence Equipment and Support showcased their progress at RAF Benson – home of the modernised Puma HC.2.

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Atlantic Resolve A-10s at Lakenheath

Articles > 2015 > News | David Mackey | March 2015
Atlantic Resolve A-10s at Lakenheath
Four years after their last appearance in the United Kingdom, the fearsome A-10C Thunderbolt II has returned at RAF Lakenheath. Operated as a Theatre Security Package under Operation Atlantic Resolve, the aircraft are deployed at Spangdahlem AB in Germany – but paying a visit to Lakenheath, as David Mackey reports.

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Northolt Nightshoot XVIII

Articles > 2015 > Events | Ben Montgomery | March 2015
Northolt Nightshoot XVIII
Northolt Nightshoot XVIII doesn't really need introduction from us, given the popularity of these events with the enthusiast community. Whilst this was the 18th in the long series of nightshoots, it also marked the 100th anniversary of RAF Northolt, which celebrated the occasion two days before the nightshoot – which was held on Thursday 5th March.

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Historic Aircraft Flight Trust

Articles > 2015 > News | Duncan Monk | February 2015
Historic Aircraft Flight Trust
On the 1st February 2015 the seven aircraft of the Army Historic Aircraft Flight were gifted and formally handed over to the Historic Aircraft Flight Trust and will remain based at their current location, AAC Middle Wallop in Hampshire. The future of the aircraft looks promising, as Duncan Monk reports.

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Lightning Preservation Group Nightshoot

Articles > 2015 > Events | Jamie Ewan | February 2015
Lightning Preservation Group Nightshoot
Protecting the Protectors - Tracing their roots back to RAF Binbrook’s Crash Gate 2, the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG), hold a number of events through the year which have become a ‘must’ on many an enthusiasts calendar. Jamie Ewan travelled to their home at Bruntingthorpe for a look at their first event of the year – a photography nightshoot with their Lightnings.

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Red Flag 15-1

Articles > 2015 > Exercises | Jason Grant & Mark Forest | January 2015
Red Flag 15-1
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 made a return trip to Nevada, to watch the aircraft and speak with some of the personnel involved during the first Red Flag exercise of 2015, known as Red Flag 15-1.

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AeroResource 2014 Highlights

Articles > 2015 > News | AeroResource Team | January 2015
AeroResource 2014 Highlights
January is normally a pretty dull month for aviation. The airshow season is a dim and distant memory, night shoots and other events are quickly fading and generally the weather precludes too many of us from getting out and about. Couple this with the usual post-Christmas blues, and it’s as good a time as any to have a look back at the last 12 months and some of the particular highlights of what has been, in retrospect, a rather wonderful year.

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II(AC) Squadron Typhoon Activation

Articles > 2015 > News | Niall Paterson | January 2015
II(AC) Squadron Typhoon Activation
On 9 January 2015 the next chapter of II(AC) Squadron starts as one of the oldest Squadrons in the Royal Air Force swaps its Tornado GR4s for Eurofighter Typhoons.

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