If this shot of a stunningly restored and US Navy-liveried Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (also nicknamed the 'Scooter') doesn't take you back several decades, then nothing will. The image was taken at the concisely-titled Valiant Air Command Tico Warbird Airshow on 22 March. The event, which also included one of the final appearances by the US Air Force's Thunderbirds display team this year due to the effects of sequestration cuts, took place at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. Registered as NX2262Z, the aircraft on show is an A-4C, and was restored by Skyhawk Ventures.
March 2013 Archives
An image here from Rex Features of the fatal helicopter crash on 21 March in Berlin. One pilot was killed after the collision between a Eurocopter EC155 Dauphin and an AS332 Super Puma. The Daily Mail has a large collection of images here and also confirms its Nazi obsession with an in-no-way-in-bad-taste backgrounder on the history of Berlin's Olympic stadium. (Sample quote: "The Olympic Stadium...was the focal point of the Olympic Games in 1936, dubbed Hitler's Games.")
Lovely picture on our AirSpace gallery from user sunshine band of this US Army Boeing MH-47 Chinook in Afghanistan. Thank him also for the title above. According to Flightglobal's World Air Forces directory, the US Army has a fleet of 72 of the attack helicopters.
You may think it ugly, you may think it looks like a whale with wings, but others believe the A380 super jumbo has its own special beauty (possibly the sort that requires a stiff drink to fully appreciate). Anyway, to mark the 100th delivery Airbus has released these images showing it looking particularly well turned out in MAS livery.
Top spot from my US colleague Stephen Trimble here. On the face of it, the photo - very nice though it is - shows a Lockheed Martin F-22 flying over the Nevada desert on Exercise Red Flag. So much, so what. But as Trimble points out, in the background you can clearly see the runway at Groom Lake, also known as the US Air Force's secretive Area 51 testing area in the heart of its Nevada test range. The picture is on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System website, should you wish to see it in its original form. USAF doesn't normally release pics of Area 51, as it doesn't exist.
Alright, so the event happened last week, but the only picture immediately to hand was of the fighter in a hangar surrounded by bunting and flashing disco lights (I exaggerate, but you get the idea). So here, flying, is the Luftwaffe's 100th Eurofighter. It is assigned to the country's Boelke Fighter Bomber Wing 31 based in Noervenich. The service received its first Eurofighter from Cassidian at the beginning of 2003.