Operational Reports

Global Strike Deployment 2014

By | June 18th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire is a key strategic forward deployment base for the United States Air Force Global Strike Command. Deployments of strategic bombers to the European theatre are considerably rarer today than they were only a decade ago. During June 2014, Global Strike Command deployed a number of assets for [...]

Exercise Global Lightning

By | May 21st, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Every year, the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) undertakes training exercises incorporating their assets and Government agencies. One of these exercises is named GLOBAL LIGHTNING. Adam Chittenden looks at what aircraft are involved and what this exercise is designed to achieve. "Global Lightning 14 is designed to provide training opportunities and [...]

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014-1

By | April 19th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014 Serial 1 was the latest in the long-running series of multinational exercises of the name that have run in the UK, and also the largest tactically focused military exercise held in Europe during 2014. Over 13,000 personnel, 33 ships, 3 submarines and multiple ground, troop and [...]

CP-140 Aurora – Canadian MMA

By | April 14th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Externally similar to the widely used and highly successful Lockheed P-3 Orion, the CP-140 Aurora is in fact a different machine entirely. Named after the Greek goddess who restored Orion’s eyesight, Canada took delivery of the first of its 18 strong fleet of CP-140 Auroras in May 1980 (with the [...]

47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB

By | April 5th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

Laughlin AFB is one of USAF's five major primary training airfields, located in remote Del Rio, Western Texas it's is ideal for training flights. It is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing (FTW) that forms part of the Air Education Training Command (AETC). Ian French and Mark Forest visited [...]

The Last Shadow – MC-130P Retirement

By | February 5th, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

The 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall has been visibly upgrading their aircraft and capabilities over the last year (see 352nd SOG welcome the CV-22B and MC-130J). With new types becoming operational, the older aircraft are now being phased out in turn. February 2014 saw the final MC-130P Combat [...]

F-35 – Joint Strike Fighter (Part 1)

By | January 21st, 2014|Categories: Operational Reports|

In part 1 of a series of F-35 articles for AeroRescource, Mark Forest & Jason Grant take a look back at the development, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) competition and early production of the F-35 Lightning II along with the different characteristics of the three variants. Development During 1983 the Defence [...]

352nd SOG welcome the CV-22B and MC-130J

By | July 27th, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

On Monday 24th June 2013, the 352nd Special Operations Group took delivery of the first batch of CV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, marking the start of a large expansion and modernisation program at RAF Mildenhall. Ben Montgomery visited the 7th and 67th Special Operations Squadrons at Mildenhall to learn more about [...]

NAS Corpus Christi – TAW-4

By | March 3rd, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi based  on the Texas coast  is home to four United States Navy (USN) Training Squadrons. These training squadrons perform basic, intermediate and advanced flight training for Navy and Marine Corps students. During October 2012 Mark Forest and Paul Newbold had the opportunity to get [...]

Naval Air Training T-45A/C “Goshawk”

By | January 26th, 2013|Categories: Operational Reports|

AeroResource’s Mark Forest and Paul Newbold  get up close with the  T-45 “Goshawks” of Training Air Wing two  (TAW-2) at NAS Kingsville Texas and visit the heritage park on base. History and Design The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing T-45 Goshawk is based on the BAe Systems Hawk . This navalised and highly [...]

Home of the Bone – Dyess AFB 7th BW

By | November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

The United States Air Force have 60 B-1B Lancers in service, split between two Bomb Wings at two Air Force Bases. AeroResource's Jason Grant and Mark Forest visited the B-1Bs of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, situated just outside Abilene, Texas, to finds out how developments and upgrades [...]

NAS Mayport

By | October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

In May 2012 Mark Forest and Jason Grant joined HSM-40 Air Wolves (Helicopter Maritime Strike) at NAS Mayport to discover their history and development of their Naval Air Station and squadron. There is evidence of continuous occupation of the naval station site by Native Americans, Spanish, English, and Americans since [...]

MCAS Beaufort – The Hornet Nest

By | August 18th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort (Merritt Field), known as "Fightertown East" is located in South Carolina, USA. Hosted by VMFA-312 "Checkerboards", Paul Newbold and Stuart Skelton present this report for AeroResource. The base is exclusively home to the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet.  The Hornet first flew on November [...]

Air to Air Refuelling with the 100thARW

By | August 5th, 2012|Categories: Operational Reports|

"NKAWTG!" reads the sign upon entering the 351st Air Refuelling Squadron, 100th Air Refuelling Wing - and it's true: Nobody kicks ass without Tanker Gas. Michael Buckle and Ben Montgomery joined the crew of "Quid 42" to find out more. The 100th Air Refuelling Wing & the Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker [...]