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July 2024

Our very popular and in high demand EMOOS-publication will go for a second print! The first print is pretty much sold out and very soon more books will be available. Our aim is to have them ready for sale at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (20-21 July), so if you happen to visit the air show you will save on postage and packaging costs.

After a six-year hiatus, AirVG was organised again in 2024 and took place on 11 May at Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman Airport, Croatia, where editor Erik Sleutelberg was present to give us a nice overview of all aircraft that attended. It was the introduction of the Rafale into the inventory of the Croatian Air Force as well as the inevitable phase-out of its iconic predecessor: the MiG-21. Article two is SAR for the Sunshine State, written by Carey Mavor. It describes the past, present and future of Search And Rescue-operations at Florida’s CGAS Clearwater.

The August 2024 edition will be available from Sunday 4 August and the deadline for photos is Tuesday 30 July.

Beech 1900C-1 SE-MJV is the second Beech 1900C in the fleet of Swedish operator Jonair. The aircraft was previously operated by a South African private company. It started its ferry flight to Northern Europe on 19 June and nine days later, after several stops at various places in Africa and Maastricht, it continued to Stockholm-Bromma. (Maastricht, 28 June 2024, Mark Remmel)

SIS Summary - July 2024

1st Combat Aviation Brigade returning home via BelgiumOn June 13 the 1st CAB (Combat Aviation Brigade),based at Ft. Hood Texas, started their operation to move its helicopters back to the USA. For a period of eight months, the unit had been deployed in Europe as part of “Operation Atlantic Resolve”.back in October 2017; 77 helicopters were offloaded from a so-called ARC (American roll-on roll-off carrier) in Zeebrugge (Belgium). After reassembling on the docks of the harbor, they were first flown to Chievres AB (Belgium) before moving on to various locations in Europe. In order to test different logistical routes and capabilities of different ports, a small number of helicopters was shipped via the port of Gdansk (Poland).Between June 13-21, the helicopters were flown back in small groups from the south of Germany to the harbor of Zeebrugge; using Spangdahlem AB as a stop to refuel.In total, 43x H-60 Blackhawk; 16x AH-64 Apache and 10x CH-47 Chinook helicopter were flown back to Zeebrugge harbor. They were scheduled to be picked up by a ARC around mid-July; heading back to the USA.

During june the 1st ACB from Ft Cavalos is arriving in Zeebrugge, Belgium to start a new 9 month Atlantic Rotation. The outgoing 1st CAB will be returning via Zeebrugge as well in June. This Scramble Archive picture from Dino van Doorn taken in Zeebrugge 2018 shows a load of H60/ H64s.

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July 2024
  current   Wittmund, DE     Closed till 2025/6
  current   Nordholz, DE TA-4J, A-4N, Alpha-Jet Top Aces TDY till 2025
  current   Laage, DE EF2000 (18x) GAF TLG71 TDY till 2025
  current   Büchel, DE     Closed till 2026
  current   Nörvenich, DE Tornado IDS (25x) GAF TLG33 TDY till 2026
  current   Mihail Kogălniceanu, RO Typhoon FGR4 (6x) RAF IX Sqn NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Mihail Kogălniceanu, RO EF2000 (5x) SpanishAF ALA14 NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Mihail Kogălniceanu, RO F/A-18C (7x) FinnishAF NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Šiauliai, LT F-16AM(4x) PortugueseAF NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Šiauliai, LT EF-18M (4x) SpanishAF ALA12 NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Lielvārde, LV EF2000 (5x) GAF TLG74 NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Malbork, PL EF2000 (4x) AMI 4 + 51° Stormo NATO Enhanced Air Policing
  current   Skrydstrup, DK F-16BM (3x) RNoAF TDY till Sept?
  current   Alaska, USA various   Arctic Defender
  current   Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-08/5
  current   Leeming, UK various RAF Storm Warrior 24-1
  current   Lakenheath, UK F-15QA (2x) QAEAF RIAT, Farnborough
  current   Mildenhall, UK F-15QA (2x) QAEAF RIAT, Farnborough
Su 14-07 Arr Brize Norton, UK CF188A (2x), CC150T (1x) RCAF For RIAT
Mo 15-07 Start Darwin, Tindal, AUS various   Pitch Black 2024
We 17-07 End Alaska, USA various   Arctic Defender
Th 18-07 End Alaska, USA various Tankers   EART
Th 18-07   Woodstock, UK various VIP   EPC Meeting
Su 21-07 End Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-08/5
Mo 22-07 Start Nellis, NV, USA various   Red Flag 24-3
Th 25-07 End Leeming, UK various RAF Storm Warrior 24-1
We 31-07 End Mihail Kogălniceanu, RO Typhoon FGR4 (6x) RAF IX Sqn NATO Enhanced Air Policing
We 31-07 End Šiauliai, LT F-16AM(4x) PortuguesAF NATO Enhanced Air Policing
We 31-07 End Mihail Kogălniceanu, RO F/A-18C (6x?) FinnishAF NATO Enhanced Air Policing

 

Augustus 2024
Th 01-08 End Darwin, Tindal, AUS various   Pitch Black 2024
Fr 02-08??? End Nellis, NV, USA various   Red Flag 24-3
Sa 03-08 Start California, USA various   Bamboo Eagle 24-2
Mo 05-08 Start Leeming, UK? various RAF Storm Warrior 24-2
Th 08-08 start Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-09
Mo 12-08 End California, USA various   Bamboo Eagle 24-2
Mo 12-08? Start Meiringen, CH F/A-18C SwissAF Flst11 Wiederholungskurs (WK)
Th 15-08 Start Eielson, AK, USA various   Red Flag Alaska 24-3
Sa 17-08 End Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-09
Th 22-08 End Leeming, UK? various RAF Storm Warrior 24-2
Fr 30-08 End Eielson, AK, USA various   Red Flag Alaska 24-3

 

September 2024
Th 05-09 start Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-10
Fr 06-09?? End Meiringen, CH F/A-18C SwissAF Flst11 Wiederholungskurs (WK)
Mo 09-09 Start Eindhoven, NL various   Falcon Leap
Mo 09-09 Start Zaragoza, ES various   ETAP-C 24-03
Mo 09-09 Start Namest nad Oslavou, CZ various   Ample Strike
Mo 09-09 Start Waddington +?, UK various   Cobra Warrior 24-2
Su 15-09 End Nellis, NV, USA various   Green Flag 24-10
Mo 16-09 Start Leeuwarden, NL various   Weapons Instructor Course (WIC)
Fr 20-09 End Eindhoven, NL various   Falcon Leap
Fr 20-09 End Zaragoza, ES various   ETAP-C 24-03
Fr 20-09 End Namest nad Oslavou, CZ various   Ample Strike
Mo 23-09 Start Albacete, ES various   TLP 24-3
Fr 27-09?? End Waddington +?, UK various   Cobra Warrior 24-2
Mo 30-09 Start Araxos, Andravidha, GR various   Ramstein Flag
Mo 30-09 start Payerne, CH Helicopters SwissAF Lfst1/5 Wiederholungskurs (WK)

 

October 2024
Fr 04-10 End Albacete, ES various   TLP 24-3
Fr 11-10 End Araxos, Andravidha, GR various   Ramstein Flag
Fr 11-10 End Leeuwarden, NL various   Weapons Instructor Course (WIC)
Fr 18-10? End Payerne, CH Helicopters SwissAF Lfst1/5 Wiederholungskurs (WK)
Mo 21-10 Start Gando, ES various   Sirio
Th 31-10 End Gando, ES various   Sirio

 

November 2024
Su 02-11 Start Natal, BR various   Cruzex 2024
Su 17-11 End Natal, BR various   Cruzex 2024
Mo 18-11 Start Albacete, ES various   TLP 24-4
Mo 25-11? Start Leeming, UK? F/A-18C SwissAF Yorknite
Fr 29-11 End Albacete, ES various   TLP 24-4

 

December 2024
Fr 06-12?? End Leeming, UK? F/A-18C SwissAF Yorknite

 

Arctic Defender
08-07 Alaska, USA EF2000 (8x) GAF TLG31/71/73
    A400M (4x) GAF LTG62
    H145M (4x) GAF HSG64
    A330-MRTT (4x) Klu MMU
    Rafale C (4x) AdlA  
    A400M (3x) AdlA ET061
    A330-MRTT (3x) AdlA ERVTS01.031
    EF2000 (2x) SpanishAF ALA11
    EF2000 (2x) SpanishAF ALA14
    A400M (2x) SpanishAF ALA31

 

Pitch Black 2024
15-07 Darwin, AUS EA-18G (3x) RAAF 6sq
    F/A-18F (6x) RAAF 1sq
    F-35A (6x) RAAF 3sq
    E-7A (1x) RAAF 2sq
    Rafale C (6x) AdlA  
    CN235M-200 (1x) AdlA EHOM00.058?
    A400M (1x) GAF LTG62
    EF2000 (5x) GAF TLG71
    SU-30MKI (4x) IndianAF  
    F-16A (6x) TNI-AU Skua3
    EF2000 (4x) AMI  
    F-35A (6x) AMI 13° Gruppo
    G550 (1x) AMI 71° Gruppo
    AV-8B (4x) ItalianNavy GRUPAER
    F-35B (6x) ItalianNavy GRUPAER
    E-767 JASDF 602 Hikotai
    F-2A/B (6x) JASDF  
    F-15K (6x) RoKAF  
    F/A-18D (3x) TUDM 18 Skuadron
    PAC-750 (2x) PNGDF Transp. Sqn
    FA-50PH (5x) PhilippineAF 7 TFS
    F-15SG (6x) RSiAF  
    F-16C/D (6x) RSiAF  
    G550 (1x) RSiAF 111sqn
    EF2000 (2x) SpanishAF ALA11
    EF2000 (2x) SpanishAF ALA14
    JAS39C/D (5x) RTAF 701 sq
    Typhoon FGR4 (6x) RAF  
    MV-22B USMC  
  Tindal, AUS F-35A (6x) RAAF 75sq
    KC-30A (1x) RAAF 33sq
    C-130J (1x) RAAF  
    F-22A (6x) USAF  
  Amberley, UAS KC-30A (1x) RAAF 33sq
    A330MRTT AdlA ERVTS01.031
    A400M AdlA ET061
    KC-130J (1x) AMI 46ª BA
    KC-767A (1x) AMI 8° Gruppo
    A330MRTT (2x) NATO MMF
    A330MRTT (1x) RSiAF 112 sq
    A400M (1x) SpanishAF ALA31
    Voyager KC2/3 (1x) RAF 10/101sqn
  Support Only A400M (2x) SpanishAF ALA31
    A330MRTT (1x) SpanishAF ALA45
    C-17A IndianAF 81 sqn
    C-130 (3x) TNI-AU Skua31
    C-2 (2x) JASDF 402/3 Hikotai

 

Red Flag 24-3
22-07 Nellis, NV, USA F-16C (12x?) USAF 52nd FW/ SP
    E-3G USAF 965th AACS/ OK
    F-22A USAF 94th FS/ FF
    F-35A USAF 34th FS/ HL
    F-35B USMC VMFA-542/ WH
    F-35B USMC VMFA-122/ DC

 

Falcon Leap
09-09 Eindhoven, NL C295M/MW (1x) CzechAF 242.tsl

 

Cobra Warrior 24-2
09-09 Waddington +?, UK F/A-18C FinnishAF??  
    F-35A RNoAF??  
    CF-188 RCAF??  
    F-16C PolishAF??  

 

TLP 24-3
23-09 Albacete, ES L-159A (3x) CzechAF 212.tl

 

Ramstein Flag
30-09 Araxos, GR JAS39C (5x) HungarianAF MH101
    Rafale AdlA or Aeronavale  
    Mirage 2000-5F AdlA GC01.002
    F-35A AMI  
    F-2000A AMI  
    F-16AM PortugueseAF  
    F-16AM RomanianAF  
    F-16C PolishAF  
    JAS39 SwedishAF  
    F-16C (upto 8x) THK  
    F-35A USAF  
  From Carrier or Araxos? F/A-18 USN  

 

Cruzex 2024
02-11 Natal, BR A-4AR (3x) ArgentineAF Grupo Aéreo 5
    IA-63 (3x) ArgentineAF Grupo Aéreo 6
    KC-135E (1x) ChileAF Grupo de Aviación Nº10
    F-16AM (6x) ChileAF V Brigada
    Kfir COA (4x) ColombianAF Esc de Combate 111
    KC-767 (1x) ColombianAF Esc de Transporte 811
    C-212 (1x) ParaguayAF SETAM
    AT-27 (2x) ParaguayAF 3er Esc de Caza
    M-2000C (4x) PeruAF Grupo Aéreo N°4
    C-27J/ C130 (1x) PeruAF Grupo Aéreo de Transp N°8
    KC-390 (1x) PortuguesAF  
    F-16C/D USAF/ ANG  
    KC-135R (1x) USAF/ ANG  
    AC-130J (1x) USAF  

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