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AIRVG 2024

By | June 7th, 2024|Categories: Airshow Reports, Event Reports, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

On May 11, 2024, Zagreb Franjo Tuđman airport hosted AIRVG 2024 in conjunction with the Croatian Air Force to help celebrate the retirement of its last remaining Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed aircraft, and the introduction of its replacement, the Dassault Rafale F-3R. VG stands for the city Velika Gorica where the [...]

RNAS Culdrose: 814 Naval Air Squadron

By | May 20th, 2024|Categories: Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Protecting the Royal Navy from surface and sub-surface threats as well as supporting the United Kingdom’s maritime security operations is a role 814 Naval Air Squadron have conducted for many years. AeroResource recently had the unique opportunity to visit this incredible squadron to consider what it is like being a [...]

Iniochos 2024

By | May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Event Reports, Exercise Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , |

From April 8-18, 2024, the skies above Andravida Air Base in the northwest of the Peloponnese, Greece reverberated to the sound of fast jets from the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) and a coalition of aircraft from elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East participating in Exercise Iniochos 2024. Ian Harding [...]

Aeronautica Militare retires AMX

By | April 24th, 2024|Categories: Event Reports, News, Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , |

Following 35 years of service, the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) formally retired its last remaining AMX A-11 ‘Ghibli’ light combat and reconnaissance aircraft from service on April 5, 2024. The Italian term ‘Ghibli’ derives from the hot dry wind that blows in North Africa. This historic occasion was marked [...]

Army Air Corps Apache AH-64D retirement

By | April 18th, 2024|Categories: Event Reports, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

© Ian Harding | Army Air Corps | Westland Apache AH1 On March 25, 2024 following 23 years of service, the Army Air Corps officially retired the AgustaWestland/Boeing WAH-64D (Apache AH1) from service whilst also declaring the Boeing Apache AH-64E Guardian v6 operationally ready. As has become standard practice nowadays, [...]

Northolt Nightshoot XXX

By | March 22nd, 2024|Categories: Event Reports, Nightshoots|Tags: , , , , |

There is always an air of anticipation and excitement when Phil Dawe MBE, Building 27 Restoration Team Manager, and RAF Northolt (Home to 32 Squadron) located in Greater London announce the date, timing and potential attendees for its next ‘RAF Northolt nightshoot’. It was no different on the occasion when [...]

Poland AW101 Merlin Mk614

By | February 14th, 2024|Categories: News, Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , |

As tension surrounding the invasion of Ukraine by Russia builds, it is no surprise that Poland continues to sign various contracts with European and US companies to strengthen the country’s air defence capability. This process commenced in January 2020 when Poland and the US State department signed a Letter of [...]

What a M-STAR!

By | February 7th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The sharply painted M-STAR, a 1981 built Boeing 727-2X8 began its final series of flights from Dubai to the Cotswolds on 31st January 2024, for a somewhat unknown future. Westleigh Bushell was on hand at Cotswold Airport to witness what could be the aircraft's final landing. History…. Having always been in [...]

Royal Navy Dauphin – FOST Mission Support

By | September 30th, 2023|Categories: Exercise Reports, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

A familiar sight in skies above Cornwall and Devon but less so elsewhere, AeroResource considers the unique and specialised operations of the FOST Dauphin helicopter which performs an important role on behalf of the Royal Navy. For those living in the United Kingdom’s most western counties, the sight of Hawk [...]

Westland Gazelle AH1 Swan Song

By | October 25th, 2023|Categories: News, Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , |

On Monday October 23rd 2023, three 665 Squadron, 5 Regiment Army Air Corps Westland Gazelle AH1s departed RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland for a short tour of UK landmarks. This brings to an end this chapter of the aircrafts UK military service life with the official end of service date [...]

Northolt Nightshoot XXIX

By | October 13th, 2023|Categories: Event Reports, Nightshoots|Tags: , , , , |

As we start the transition from long summer evenings to the shorter, colder winter nights it brings with it the start of the nightshoot season. October 5th 2023 saw one of the first, RAF Northolt XXIX Nightshoot. Mark Empson and Nick Thompson were on hand to report on the event. [...]

Anatolian Eagle 2023

By | September 19th, 2023|Categories: Event Reports, Exercise Reports|Tags: , , , |

Held in Konya, central Türkiye, since 2001, Anatolian Eagle exercises have always been well attended, both by participating nations from around the world and aviation enthusiasts alike. 2023’s edition was no exception with visiting participants including Azerbaijan and Pakistan drawing in plenty of enthusiasts to capture the action. This year’s [...]

Edwards AFB Airshow & Open House 2022

By | November 20th, 2022|Categories: Airshow Reports, Event Reports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Edwards AFB Airshow & Open House 2022 Edwards AFB Airshow & Open House 2022: In the 13 years since Edwards air force base last hosted an air show, a lot has changed. Fifth generation aircraft now rule the skies and innovation is driving new technologies for America and her allies. [...]

301 Hikotai Phantom II F-4EJ Kai Retirement

By | February 27th, 2021|Categories: Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By | February 5th, 2020|Categories: Operational Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

NAS Lemoore – Airshow 2019

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Airshow Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

Cypriot Air Command – The Cyprus Air Force

By | October 11th, 2019|Categories: Operational Reports|

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 [...]

JMSDF Atsugi – Kawasaki P-1

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Operational Reports|

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

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: News, Operational Reports|

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 2nd Bomb Wing aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, has seen around 400 [...]

Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Airshow Reports, Event Reports|

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 Royal Air Force and Douglas Bader House (DBH) pull out all the stops for what [...]