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Dark Falcon Rising

Continuing a long-standing tradition, the Belgian Air Force has again provided an F-16 solo fast jet display team to perform on the European airshow circuit for another season. Once every three years, an experienced F-16 pilot is selected to represent the Air Force both at home and internationally. From 2018, Sr. Capt Stefan ‘Vador’ Darte will display a specially painted F-16 MLU aircraft, nicknamed Dark Falcon, at events all over Europe - including numerous shows in the UK. Graham Platt provides a guest report for AeroResource.  Immediately after being appointed as the solo display pilot in late 2017, ‘Vador’ began to [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Operational Reports|

First RAF F-35B’s arrive at RAF Marham

Wednesday June 6, 2018 marks a historic event in UK Aviation with the first batch of Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning IIs arriving at their home base of RAF Marham, Norfolk. Whilst public opinion may be divided on the long awaited delivery of the Lightning II, the arrival of the first four aircraft welcomes the most advanced combat system to be fielded by the RAF and, soon, the Fleet Air Arm. It has been a long and arduous 12 years since the United Kingdom announced that it would acquire a total of 138 F-35s in a procurement that has never [...]

By | June 6th, 2018|News|

NATO Tiger Meet 2018 Spotters Day

For aviation enthusiasts, the annual Tiger Meet exercise is one of the most anticipated military gatherings held in Europe thanks to a wide array of participating aircraft and more often than not the special schemes that are applied to them for the event. For NATO Tiger Meet 2018, it was the turn of 6 Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego of the Polish Air Force to host the event at their Poznań-Krzesiny airbase in Western Poland. Adam Duffield joined around 2,000 other enthusiasts for the traditional ‘Spotters Day’ this year held on May 18 with additional images from outside the base along with Poznan [...]

By | May 25th, 2018|Event Reports, Exercise Reports|

Navy Wings II with Threshold.aero

Following on from the highs of their Cosford Nightshoot just the week before, it was the turn of the Senior Service to take the Threshold.aero limelight. Dubbed Navy Wings II, Jamie Ewan made his way to RNAS Yeovilton, the home of Navy Wings, in March 2018 for a night with some of their collection along with a couple of very welcome guests. Home to the likes of the Fleet Air Arm’s Wildcat Force and the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF), RNAS Yeovilton is by far one of the busiest airfields within the United Kingdom – some 100 aeroplanes (both front-line and [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

RAF Cosford Nightshoot

Having opened their 2018 season with a chance to capture one of the world’s rarest aeroplanes (the Reid and Sigrist R.S.4 Bobsleigh), it was the turn of one particular F-4 Phantom to receive the Threshold.aero treatment. Joining some 200-odd photographers as RAF Cosford opened its doors once again, AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan was on hand for a night with the holy grail of British Phantoms, ‘Black Mike’. As the Royal Air Force’s Centenary fast approaches - branded "RAF100", it is of no surprise to see and hear of the near-weekly sightings of aeroplanes ‘road-running’ up and down the country in preparation [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

RAF100 Centenary Celebrations

With April 1, 2018 marking the 100 year result of the amalgamation of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps, Jamie Ewan looks at what the Royal Air Force has planned to commemorate, in this their centenary year, under the banner RAF100. Three words - Commemorate. Celebrate. Inspire. These are the basis of the Royal Air Force’s celebrations across the country, and the wider world from April through to November. Formed on April 1, 1918, the Royal Air Force has been involved in near constant operations of all kinds around the world. With that in mind, 2018 and the RAF100 campaign gives the junior [...]

By | March 31st, 2018|News|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Flying Legends 2017

For any warbird fan, the Flying Legends airshow held annually at Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best warbird shows in the world and for many it’s a [...]

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 [...]

RAF Cosford Air Show 2017

AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan and Niall Paterson – along with James Innes – were among some 50,000 people dropping in on the RAF’s sole airshow. With types such as Whirlwind, B-52, B-1B and Tornado gracing the [...]

Shuttleworth Fly Navy 2017

When the Shuttleworth Collection announced that their 2017 calendar would feature another Fly Navy event, many ‘pencilled’ it in – both those with the memories of last year’s hugely successful edition and those who had [...]

Northolt Evening Photoshoot XXIIa

Northolt Nightshoot XXII was originally due to take place March 23, however, with the tragic events taking place at Westminster the day before, the event was understandably postponed. With night’s drawing out, the planned nightshoot [...]

Exercise Red Flag Alaska 17-2

Found 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Eielson Air Force Base was a hive of activity between June 8 and 23 2017 with pilots, maintainers and support staff from four air arms descending on the [...]

Duxford Air Festival 2017

The Duxford Air Festival 2017 was the first of the three major air display events to be held at the Cambridgeshire airfield this year. With a strong lineup spanning almost the entire history of aviation, Adam [...]

Abingdon Air and Country Show 2017

Abingdon Air and Country Show has always been a traditional season opener taking place at the very start of May. However, as comes with the territory of being ‘the first’ it has also suffered in [...]

Blackburn Buccaneer S2 XN974 Unveil

When compared to so many other types it once shared the skies with, the Blackburn Buccaneer has survived in far better numbers - some 48 complete airframes are still in existence today. The first production [...]

RAF Marham Enthusiasts Event 2017

Home to the UK’s Tornado Force, RAF Marham once again opened its doors and welcomed a group of aviation enthusiasts on to the base for an evenings photography of based aircraft. Adam Duffield joined them [...]

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