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Last Operational CH-46E Squadron Becomes MV-22B Unit
Four US Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knights perform a final air show appearance during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration on October 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The helicopters are from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) ‘Purple Foxes’, which was re-designated four days later as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 (VMM-364) as part of its transition to the MV-22B Osprey. The lead CH-46E in this photograph, 153369 ‘PF-19’, wears a retro colour scheme, while the two at the rear still carry the markings of their previous unit, HMMT-164. US Marine Corps/Lance Cpl Trever Statz
US Navy Plans to Order G550 CAEW for Range Support Mission
The US Navy will become the fourth customer to order the Gulfstream G550 CAEW, which is already in service with the Israeli Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force, while it has also been ordered by the Italian Air Force. Seen here is Republic of Singapore Air Force G550 CAEW 016 from 111 ‘Jaeger’ Squadron making the type’s overseas debut in Exercise Cope Tiger at Korat Air Base, Thailand, on March 20, 2011.
Peruvian Navy Acquiring All Five RNZAF SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites
Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite NZ3601 ‘01’ participating in a force protection exercise in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia, during Exercise Ocean Protector on February 7, 2006. All five of the RNZAF’s SH-2G(NZ)s have now been sold to the Peruvian Navy. Commonwealth of Australia
Saudi Arabian National Guard Orders 12 UH-60Ms
A FURTHER 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks have been ordered for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). US Army Contracting Command awarded a $30,351,927 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation yesterday, August 19, for procurement of these helicopters.
USAF Grounds 82 F-16Ds Due to Structural Cracks
OVER HALF of the US Air Force’s 157 F-16D Fighting Falcons were grounded recently due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. Their removal from flight status was announced yesterday, August 19, by US Air Force officials.
First Turkish C-130 with Upgraded Avionics Delivered
The first Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK – Turkish Air Force) Hercules to be modernised with new avionics under the Erciyes programme, C-130E 13188, seen during its hand-over ceremony at TAI’s facilities in Ankara on August 8...
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