Archive | November, 2012


Sikorsky Pave Hawk on Afghan mission

This image from the US Air Force shows pararescuemen with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron securing the area after being lowered from a Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk during a mission in Afghanistan earlier this month. US Air Force 

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Queen of the skies takes flight

To accompany this lovely picture posted on our AirSpace gallery, here’s the accompanying caption from contributor EnoAeroPics: “The sun finally broke through in the late afternoon of 7 November 2012 when Boeing 747-406BC c/n 30455 (l/n 1302) PH-BFY “City of Johannesburg” of KLM lifted off runway 06-24 at Schiphol Amsterdam airport. The aircraft first flew on […]

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Air New Zealand’s unexpected journey with a Hobbit inspired livery

Air New Zealand Air New Zealand, the self-proclaimed ‘airline of Middle-earth’, arrived on England’s fair shores yesterday in a livery inspired by the soon-to-be-released movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Fresh from releasing its “Unexpected Briefing” in-flight safety video – viewed over 10 million times on YouTube – Air New Zealand painted its 777-300 to […]

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First flight for Sharklet-equipped A319

Fresh from Airbus is this image showing the first flight of a Sharklet-equipped A319, which made its maiden sortie on 23 November from Hamburg to Toulouse. It’s the third member of the A320-family to get the wing-tip modification and will enter service in the second quarter of 2013. Airbus

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Wave goodbye – Hercules over Sydney

As the Royal Australian Air Force prepares to say goodbye to its H-model Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules at the end of the month, a specially liveried aircraft has embarked on a tour of the nation, here pictured on a flight over Sydney. The variant has been in-service with the RAAF for 34 years. And yes, that’s the […]

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SkyTeam guessing game

Xiamen Airlines joined the SkyTeam alliance this morning and on the back of this, the grouping has released the charming image below. To while away ten minutes, why not see if you can identify which airline each stewardess works for? We managed about half of them, but the plethora of identical blue uniforms had us a […]

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Finnish F-18s swoop to conquer

One from our AirSpace gallery, this shot of three Finnish air force Boeing F-18s was taken by user EnoAeroPics on exercise over the Netherlands.

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Hercules looking suitably epic

Here’s a great picture from the US Air Force site showing a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules taking off from Little Rock AFB in Arkansas. Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database lists the service operating a total of 363 C-130s, the majority E/H models. US Air Force

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Up, up, and (finally) away!

Qatar Airways has received its first Dreamliner this week, but visitors to the Farnborough airshow last summer had a preview. Here’s Qatar Airway’s Boeing 787 taking off from the Hampshire airfield. Photo credit: airspace user Hounddogone

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Is it a bird?

Colombian Air Force eagle livery at the Farnborough Air Show

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