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Aircraft Carrier Operations – USS Dwight D Eisenhower

Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower, or “The Mighty Ike”, has been conducting daily strike missions against so-called “Islamic State” in both Syria and Iraq, from both the Arabian Gulf with US Navy 5th Fleet and more recently from the Mediterranean Sea with US Navy 6th Fleet. To achieve the end goal of projecting US Naval power anywhere on the globe, the USS Eisenhower relies on the teamwork, professionalism and commitment of over 5,000 sailors. Flying from NSA Souda Bay in Crete to join the ‘Ike’ shortly after [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Operational Reports|

USS Dwight D Eisenhower – Operation Inherent Resolve

Weighing in at a cool 95,000 tonnes, the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is the second of ten such vessels that form the cornerstone of United States Naval Aviation. The Nimitz-class carriers are the largest and most powerful warships in the world, and are constantly in demand across a wide spectrum of conflicts, in theatres around the globe. Typical of these demands is the recent coalition effort to defeat the threat of so-called 'Islamic State' in Syria and Iraq. Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, 'The Mighty Ike' has been conducting [...]

By | December 19th, 2016|Operational Reports|

Lightning Preservation Group Double Twilight Scramble

With the 2016 airshow season all but a fading memory and the dark nights drawing in at a pace, ‘nightshoot season’ is in full swing all around the country. November 12th saw the turn of the Lightning Preservation Group as they took centre stage with three home-grown interceptors, during their annual Twilight Run – this year featuring for the first time a ‘Double QRA Scramble’. Jamie Ewan was on hand for AeroResource and reports on one of the most anticipated nocturnal events of the season. To say the story of the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG) is one that is untold [...]

By | December 18th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

Aviation Nation 2016 – Nellis AFB Open House

The Nellis Air Force Base open house or to give it the official title, Aviation Nation, is a renowned event that is often considered a bucket list show.  The many attractions of Aviation Nation are easy to see with Nellis being one of the most famous fighter bases in the world, home to the United States Air Force (USAF) Aggressors with their amazing paint schemes as well as the Thunderbirds demonstration team. The airfield is sited within easy reach of Las Vegas with all that this brings for visitors to the show in terms of ease of transport, accommodation and evening [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

San Francisco Fleet Week 2016

Since the inaugural event in 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has gained a reputation as being one of the best in the United States, not only for its naval participants but also for the air show held over the weekend of the event. With the hopes of good lighting and unique backdrops, Adam Duffield spent three days at San Francisco Fleet Week 2016 taking in the airshow and some of the events running alongside it. San Francisco Fleet Week is certainly not all about the aircraft - as the name implies! Along with other such events around the country, it [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

RAF Brize Norton Nightshoot

In the last 12 months or so, more and more nightshoots have started appearing all over the country ranging from small quiet civilian affairs to busy evenings on an operational airbase. On Saturday October 29, it was the turn of one such base to open its doors for around 200 keen aviation enthusiasts. With the promise of some ‘heavies’ on show, the first RAF Brize Norton Nightshoot was a chance to catch something a little different, and a little larger, to the norm. Over the last few years, the Royal Air Force’s transport hub of RAF Brize Norton has seen [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Event Reports, Nightshoots|

Luchtmachtdagen 2016

After a year of absence in 2015, the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Luchtmachtdagen returned this year to Vliegerbasis Leeuwarden, in the North of the Netherlands. Whilst the theme of the show was once [...]

First F-35 Lightning IIs arrive in United Kingdom

Wednesday 29th June 2016 saw a significant milestone for the F-35 program, as the first deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II to the United Kingdom commenced with three aircraft landing at RAF Fairford, including [...]

Anatolian Eagle 2016

Large multi-national air exercises where combined air operations can be executed against strategic and tactical targets provide excellent training opportunities for all participants, but the requirements to host this type of exercise are such that [...]

Exercise Tac Blaze 16 – Carlisle

With the sleepy airfield at Carlisle converted into a forward operating base for some serious helicopter hardware, AeroResources’ Kevin Paterson decided it was time to dust off the cameras, charge the radios and head for the [...]

Win Farnborough International Airshow 2016 Tickets!

A highlight of the airshow calendar, the biennial Farnborough International Airshow public weekend has a packed programme which will excite enthusiasts and families alike; 80,000 of which are expected to attend. Thanks to the organisers, AeroResource [...]

Hangar 11 P-51D ‘Tall In The Saddle’ Unveiling

It had long been rumoured that Peter Tiechman, owner of the Hangar 11 Collection based at North Weald, would repaint his P-51D into a new and authentic scheme. It was already known that the Mustang [...]

Shuttleworth Fly Navy Air Show 2016

When the Shuttleworth Fly Navy show was first announced, anticipation for what could form the display lineup was high. In fact, almost before the first display item was announced, some were pegging it as a [...]

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. [...]

Duxford American Air Show 2016

As the 2016 airshow season gets underway, the American Air Show held at Duxford’s Imperial War Museum represented the first of the major shows held under the new Civilian Aviation Authority regulations. Celebrating American and [...]

Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1

Running from April 11-22, Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1 was the latest installment of the long running "wargame" held in the UK. With just 30 ships being involved from 15 nations, this edition of the bi-annual [...]

The Jet Provost Display Team

In a time where the UK’s classic jet scene is adjusting to the post Shoreham era, many in the aviation community have asked what the future will hold for it. That said, 2015 saw the [...]

RAF Marham Enthusiasts Event

As a military aviation enthusiast, getting a chance to access a frontline fast jet base is certainly not an everyday occurrence. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when the RAF Marham Enthusiasts Event was announced in [...]

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