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301 Hikotai Phantom II F-4EJ Kai Retirement

The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) retired its last Phrontline Phantom aircraft at the beginning of December 2020, namely 301 Hikotai and their Phantom II F-4EJ Kai’s. The last 301 Hikotai Phantom II F-4EJ Kai retirement phlight was conducted on the 10th December by 07-8436, adorned in it’s blue phinale paint scheme. The 301 decommissioning ceremony was conducted on the 14th of December 2020 at the Hyakuri airbase in Iberaki prefecture. Retiring the mighty Kai Phantoms see’s an end to 48 years of phrontline phighter service, which has seen the F-4EJ providing a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) response to [...]

By | February 27th, 2021|Operational Reports|

JASDF RF-4 Phantom II

JASDF RF-4E 47-6905 and 57-6907 The 9th of March 2020 saw the end of an era as the JASDF RF-4 Phantom II aircraft were retired at Hyakuri Air Base after nigh on 46 years service since 47-6901 was delivered in 1974. Six of the JASDF RF-4 Phantom II aircraft flew twice, in pairs, on their "phinal" day of service from Hyakuri, the six aircraft being: RF-4Es 47-6901, 47-6903, 57-6907, 57-6909 and RF-4EJs 67-6380 & 07-6433. Fittingly 47-6901 was the first RF-4E and 07-6433 the last RF-4EJ delivered to the JASDF. 501 JASDF RF-4EJ 77-6397JASDF 501 TRS RF-4E 57-6907JASDF RF-4E 57-6914JASDF [...]

By | March 9th, 2020|Operational Reports|

RAF P-8A Poseidon MRA1 Arrives in the United Kingdom

120 Squadron delivers the first RAF P-8A Poseidon MRA1 to the UK On the 4th February 2020, No.120 (CXX) Squadron flew its new Maritime patrol aircraft the Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1, serial number ZP801 – ‘Pride of Moray’, from NAS Jacksonville Florida to RAF Kinloss in Morayshire, under the callsign RAFAIR 7078. The arrival of ZP801 marks a new era for the Squadron, station and the Royal Air Force, as well as filling a gap in the U.K. maritime surveillance capability that has been missed since the demise of the Nimrod fleet in 2010. 120 Squadron Royal Air Force CXX [...]

By | February 5th, 2020|Operational Reports|

NAS Lemoore – Airshow 2019

Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, has been a key location on the map since its completion in 1961, fulfilling a requirement to support the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. After eight years, NAS Lemoore returned to the US airshow calendar. Lockheed Martin F-35C VFA-125 Rough Raiders NAS Lemoore is firmly established and recognised as the Western Coast ‘Master Jet Base’ and home to several United States Navy (USN) strike fighter squadrons, each with their own rich history.   The NAS Lemoore base is located approximately 200 miles north of Los Angeles and over the weekend of 21st and [...]

By | October 25th, 2019|Airshow Reports|

Cypriot Air Command – The Cyprus Air Force

Located just over six miles (10km) southeast of its namesake city, Paphos International Airport in Cyprus has the distinction of not only being the country's second largest airport, but the home to the entire flying element of the Cypriot Air Command. Located on the site’s northside, the military facility is called Andreas Papandreou Air Base. Commanded by Col Marios Florides, the Cypriot Air Force is the armed air wing of the Cypriot National Guard (Ethnikí Frourá). Made up of two squadrons; 450 Moira Elikopteron (M.E/P) and 460 Moira Erevnas Diasosis (MED), an attack helicopter and search/rescue squadron respectively.  With 20 [...]

By | October 11th, 2019|Operational Reports|

JASDF Iruma – Kawasaki C-1

The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) is in a period of transition as it replaces its older aircraft with a new more modern, efficient and capable air force. One of the unsung stalwarts of the Japanese transport fleet - and celebrating 45 years of service in 2019 - is the Kawasaki C-1, which will be replaced in the coming years by the Kawasaki C-2. The drawdown of C-1 airframes has been underway since 2014, and at the time of writing, just under half of the 31 aircraft built by Kawasaki are still active. Back in the early 1960s, the [...]

By | April 30th, 2019|Operational Reports|

Belgian Sea King Retirement

March 21, 2019 was a memorable day in the calendar for both 40 Squadron and the Belgian Air Component, as it marked the retirement of the Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopters after 43 years [...]

JMSDF Atsugi – Kawasaki P-1

The Japanese territorial waters cover a vast area around the Japanese islands. For example, Okinawa in the South to Chitose in the North is a distance of around 1400 miles in a direct line. To oversee and protect those waters the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has utilised a fleet of around 100 Lockheed P-3 Orions since 1984. However, since 2013 the JMSDF has started to replace these ageing aircraft with its own indigenous built modern aircraft – the Kawasaki P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).

RAF Fairford 2nd Bomb Wing B-52 Deployment

The latest Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft into RAF Fairford has commenced, which has so far seen six of the behemoth aircraft arrive at the Gloucestershire Air Base. The arrival of the [...]

115 Combat Wing

The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete sits to the South of Greece’s mainland and is home to the 115 Combat Wing - Hellenic Air Force (115 CW) based on the sprawling Souda Air [...]

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

With over 300 aircraft arriving at RAF Fairford to help celebrate the Royal Air Force’s centenary, AeroResource’s Jamie Ewan joined the masses descending on the airfield with one question on his mind – would the [...]

Luke AFB Airshow 2018

2018 falls exactly 100 years on from the end of the First World War and it was not by coincidence that this significant anniversary was celebrated during Luke AFB Airshow 2018. At the home of [...]

RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2018

Over recent years, the line-up at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day has boasted many unique and rare items and 2018 was to be no different. With clear skies, high temperatures and a display both in the [...]

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 [...]

RAF F-35B delivered to RAF Marham

Wednesday June 6, 2018 marked a historic event in UK Aviation, which saw the first batch of RAF F-35B delivered to RAF Marham, Norfolk. Whilst public opinion may be divided on the long awaited delivery [...]

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 [...]

Navy Wings II with

Following on from the highs of their Cosford Nightshoot just the week before, it was the turn of the Senior Service to take the limelight. Dubbed Navy Wings II, Jamie Ewan made his way [...]

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 [...]

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