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That time a Royal Navy Sea Harrier did an emergency landing on a Spanish Cargo ship: the Alraigo Incident
Ian "Soapy" Watson, the Sea Harrier pilot, had completed only 75 per cent of the recommended flying hours. On Jun. 7, 1983 Royal Navy Sea Harrier ZA176 performed an emergency landing aboard Cargo Ship Alraigo. The news footage in this post features the recovery of Sea Harrier ZA176 and Sub-Lt Ian Watson after...
NATO to lease 2 An-124-100 airlifters from Ukraine
The An-124 contract had been signed in the framework of Strategic Airlift Interim Solution program NATO has given Antonov a three year contract to lease two An-124-100 cargo planes under the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) program. Actually the contract signed in the framework of SALIS has been...
Croatia to buy Israeli second-hand F-16C/Ds
Israeli senior officials will travel to Central Europe this week to inform the Croatian Ministry of Defense Ynetnews reports that the sale of surplus Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16s to Croatia has failed to get clearance from the US. Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Adam and Michel Ben-Baruch, the...
Ramstein receives largest ammo shipment since Operation Allied Force
Approximately 100 containers with a variety of munitions rolled into Ramstein during the month of October The 86th Munitions Squadron (MUNS) on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, received its largest shipment of ordnance in recent history. As told by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, in his article Armed and Ready: Ramstein receives largest ammo shipment in years,...
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter accidentally fired AIM-120 AMRAAM over Estonia
The pilot fired the AIM-120 while flying over Pangodi, some 40 kilometers north of Tartu, south Estonia, during training on Aug. 7 An investigation by the Spanish Air Force has determined that pilot error was behind the accidental firing of a AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile over Estonia. The Eurofighter pilot initiated the firing sequence while flying over Pangodi, some 40 kilometers...
Maj. Halit Oktay is the first Turkish pilot to fly the F-35
On Jun. 19, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet at Luke AFB According Daily Sabah, on Aug. 29, Maj. Halit Oktay became the first pilot from Turkey to fly on the F-35. On Jun. 21, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony...
Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen crashes after bird strike; pilot ejected safely.
The pilot of the Swedish-built JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft aborted the landing he was attempting and ejected A Swedish Air Force (Svenska Flygvapnet) JAS-39 Gripen fighter crashed on Aug. 21, 2018 near an air base in southern Sweden after striking several birds as it was about to land, Sweden's Armed Forces said. The pilot of the Swedish-built Gripen fighter aircraft aborted the...
Turkey to receive first F-35 on Thursday despite opposition from Congress
The sale of the F-35 to Turkey is particularly controversial, because Ankara also plans to purchase the sophisticated Russian-built S-400 missile system On Aug. 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law a defense policy bill that will hold up the transfer to Turkey of 100 F-35 fighter jets, deepening a rift between the two countries over the...
Spanish Eurofighter aircraft suspended from NATO Baltic Air Policing duties in the wake of accidental AMRAAM launch
While investigations are still underway, military sources said that human error is the most likely cause as no software errors have been detected Spanish Air Force Eurofighter aircraft deployed to the Baltics for air policing duties are being sidelined after one of the jets accidentally launched an AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile over Pangodi, some 40 kilometers north of Tartu, in south...
Spanish Air Force Eurofighter accidentally fired AIM-120 AMRAAM over Estonia
Even if the AIM-120 has a built-in self-destruction mode, it is possible that it did not exploded and debris of the 3.7 meters long weapon crashed on the ground On Aug. 7, 2018 at 15:44 local time a Spanish Air Force Eurofighter flying over Pangodi during the incident, some 40 kilometers north of Tartu, in south Estonia accidentally fired a...

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