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Sl ovakAi rF or ce T he moder n S l ovak Ai rF or ce ( Vz duš né S i l y Oz br oj enýchS í l S l ovens kej Republ i ky)wasof f i ci al l y cons t i t ut ed i n 1993 af t er t he di s s ol ut i on of Cz echos l ovaki a and t he bi r t h of t he Cz ech Republ i c and S l ovaki a.T he f r ont l i ne equi pment wass ubdi vi dedbet weent het wonat i onsona2: 1 r at i oi nf avouroft heCz echRepubl i c. Al ar genumberand var i et yofai r cr af twer et hen r eor gani s ed and bas ed att he mai n ai r por t s : Mi G21,Mi G29,S u22,S u25,An24,An26,T u154, L 29,L 39,L et 410,Mi 2,Mi 8,Mi 17andMi 24wer e di s t r i but edbet weenS l i ač,Pr eš ov,T r enčí n,Koš i ce, Kuchyňa and Pi eš t any.Apar tf r om S l i ač,whi ch wasal r eady hos t i ng a f i ght ers quadr on att hat t i me,t he ot herbas eswer e notpr epar ed f ort he ar r i val oft hei rnew r es i dentai r cr af t . Af t er an i ni t i alphas e i n whi ch ai r cr af t wer e as s i gned t o mi x ed r egi ment s ,a r eor gani s at i on f ol l owed i nt he comi ng year s .T hi sr es ul t ed i nt he movementofai r cr af t ,di s bandmentofs quadr ons and ai rr egi ment s , and bas e cl os ur es .T he headquar t er soft heAi rF or ce,s t at i onedunt i l 1999 i nT r enčí n,wasmovedt oZ vol en,al i t t l eci t ynots o f arf r om S l i ač.T r enčí nwast hencl os edi n2001. T heMi G21F i s hbedsbas edatS l i ačandKuchyňa, S u25F r ogf oot sf r om T r enčí n and t hen Kuchyňa, and S u22F i t t er satKuchyňa,wer e pr ogr es s i vel y wi t hdr awn,wi t hs omeai r cr af tbei ngs t or edatt hei r homebas esorbei ngs ol dt omus eumsandpr i vat e owner s .T he ai r t ogr ound r ol e wasabandoned, al t hough i t was par t i al l y cover ed by L 39Z A Al bat r os .T heL 29Del f i ns ,us ed ast r ai ni ngai r cr af t ands cat t er edar oundmanybas es ,wer er et i r edi n l at e1990,l eavi ngt hei rdut i est ot heL 39s . Koš i ce and Pi eš t anywer e cl os ed.New F ul cr ums wer e pur chas ed f r om Rus s i a t o r epl ace t he ex i s t i ngex ampl eswhi chwer es t ar t i ngt obecome qui t e ol d and wor n. Asa cons equence ofal l t hes e changes ,t oday' sS l ovak Ai rF or ce i s es s ent i al l ydi vi dedbet weent hr eebas es ,eachof whi chhasas i ngl er ol e.

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F i ght erWi ngSl i ač T hemai nWi ngoft heS l ovakAi rF or cei s t heF i ght erWi ng bas ed i nS l i ač,a s mal l t ownl ocat edi nt hemi ddl eoft heS l ovak Republ i c.T he hi s t or y of t he t own i s cl os el yconnect edt ot hecons t i t ut i onof t he ai r bas e: i nf act , af t er t he f i r s t bar r acksoft hes ocal l edL et i s koT r i Duby ( t he T hr ee OaksAi r por t )wer e bui l ti n 1938,t wo s mal lvi l l ageswer e mer ged t oget hert o cr eat eS l i ač.Dur i ng Wor l d WarI I ,t heai r por twasbombed s ever al t i mesbyt heAl l i edf or ces ;i n1944,when t he S l ovakNat i onalUpr i s i ng began,T r i Duby pl ayed an i mpor t ant r ol e ( t oget herwi t ht henear byZ ol náai r f i el d) as bas e of t he 1s t Cz echos l ovak I ndependentF i ght erAi rRegi mentl ed by Wi ng CommanderF aj t l ;undert he cont r oloft he S ovi etAi rF or ce,t he Ai r Regi mentf l ew manymi s s i onswi t ht hei r L avochki nL a5F Nsagai ns tt heGer mans unt i lt hey r egai ned cont r ol of t he mi ddl eS l ovakr egi onbyt heend oft he s ameyear . Af t ert he war ,t he US S Ri nf l uenced t he or gani s at i onoft heCz echos l ovaki anAi r F or ce and t he ai r por t s bas ed i nt he S l ovaki an r egi on wer e as s i gned t o s econdar y r ol es ( educat i on and t r ai ni ng) .I n 1968,t he ai r por twass et undert heaegi soft heWar s aw Pactand ut i l i s ed bot h f i ght er s and at t ack hel i copt er s .T hi ss i t uat i on l as t ed unt i l 1990 when t he S ovi et s moved back home af t ert he “Vel vetRevol ut i on”i n December1989. One year l at er ,t he f i r s t Mi G21MF l anded at S l i ač t o f or m t he 81 S amos t at ná S t í haci a L et ka ( I ndependentF i ght erS quadr on) ,whi ch oper at ed s i ngl e and t wos eatMi G21 f i ght er sandf ourL 39s .

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T he s pl i toft he f or merCz echos l ovaki ai n t he t wo r epubl i csbr oughtot herchanges t oS l i ač Ai rBas e,mos t not abl y wi t hi t becomi ng t he mai nf i ght erai rbas ei n S l ovaki a and r ecei vi ng Mi G29s ,L 39sand Mi G21s .New s quadr onswer econs t i t ut ed i n or der t o or gani s e t he mul t i t ude of ai r cr af tnow par kedont heconcr et e.S o,1 S t í hací L et ecký Pl uk ( F i ght er Avi at i on Regi ment )wasf or med wi t ht he f ol l owi ng i ndi vi dual s quadr ons :1 S t í haci a L et ka ( equi pped wi t h Mi G29and Mi G29UB) ,2 S t í haci aL et ka ( Mi G21) ,3 S t í haci aL et ka ( L et 410andhel i copt er sf orS ARr ol e)and4 S t í haci aL et ka( Mi G21) . I n t he mi d‘ 90s t he 1s tF i ght er Wi ng, r enamed as31s tF i ght erWi ng,r ecei ved f our t een new Mi G29s ,butdue t of ur t her r eor gani s at i on s ome ofi t sMi G21swer e wi t hdr awnf r om t hef r ont l i neands t or ed.At t he begi nni ng oft he new mi l l enni um,t he r emai ni ng F i s hbedswer es t or ed ors ol dt o pr i vat e col l ect or sand mus eums ,l eavi ng t hef r ont l i neex cl us i vel yt ot heF ul cr ums . Af t ert he S l ovakAi rF or ce j oi ned NAT Oi n 2004,t wel veMi G29swer eupgr aded wi t h new navi gat i on and communi cat i ons equi pment( i ncl udi ng new r adi os ,I F Fand GPSr ecei ver )t ocompl ywi t ht heAl l i ance s t andar ds .T hi supgr ade wasconduct ed byMi G Ai r cr af tCor por at i onus i ngami xof Wes t er nand Eas t er nbui l tavi oni cs ys t ems : Rockwel lCol l i nspr ovi ded t he mul t i mode s hor t r ange navi gat i on and l andi ng r ecei ver , BAE S ys t ems s uppl i ed t he I F F t r ans ponderandHRS mi t hcont r i but edwi t h t he mul t i f r equency emer gency r adi o beacon.Addi t i onal l y,Goodr i ch L i ght i ng S ys t emswasr es pons i bl ef ort henavi gat i on l i ght i ng, whi l e t he Rus s i anmade MI L S T D1553Bdi gi t albusr epl acedt heol d anal ogwi r i ng,t oget herwi t hanew mi s s i on comput er , a vi deo r ecor der and Mul t i F unct i onal Di s pl ays( MF Ds ) .


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T he upgr aded f l eetbecame par toft he NAT O I nt egr at ed Ai rDef enceS ys t em ( NAT I NADS )t wo year sl at er ,whent wof i ght er swer eas s i gned t o t he f ul l t i me Qui ckReact i on Al er t( QRA)under NAT O cont r ol .I nt he s ame year ,t he Mi ni s t r yof Def ence s i gned a cont r act wi t h t he Hyper s t eal t h Bi ot echnol ogy Cor por at i on t o appl yanew camouf l agepat t er nt oi t sF ul cr um f l eet :t woai r cr af twer epai nt ed wi t ht heDi gi t al T hunderand t he Cl oudcam f r act alpat t er ns ( bot hut i l i s i ngt hr eecol our s-bl ue,medi um gr ey, l i ghtbl uegr ey–t obet t erconceal t heai r cr af ti n al lt he pos s i bl e backgr ounds wher e t hey oper at e) ,butt he cont r actwass us pended f or

economi cr eas ons . Recent l y t he ai r por t under went s ome i mpr ovement sf i nanced by NAT O and t he Eur opeanUni ont or enew t he r unwayand t he s t r uct ur es .T hes e wor ksl as t ed f r om mi d2009t o mi d2010,and dur i ng t hi st i me f r ame ai r cr af t wer et r ans f er r edt oMal ackyKuchyňa,homeof t heT r ans por tWi ng. T oday t he F i ght erWi ng i scompos ed oft wo oper at i onal s quadr ons .1S t í haci aL et ka“T i ger ”i s r es pons i bl ef ort heai rdef enceofS l ovaki aandi s equi pped wi t ht en ex ampl esoft he Mi G29AS .


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S omeot herF ul cr umsar es t or edont hebas eand coul dber et ur nedt os er vi cei fs uchaneedwer e t o ar i s e,des pi t et he f actt hatt hey have not beenupgr aded.T heoper at i onalconver s i onof new pi l ot sf r om t heAl bat r ost r ai neri scar r i edout us i ngacombi nat i onoft hef ul lmi s s i ons i mul at or i ns t al l edatt hebas eandact ual f l yi ngi nt het wo s ur vi vi ngt wos eatMi G29UBS s .T heS quadr oni sa memberoft he T i gerAs s oci at i on and r egul ar l y t akespar ti nt heannualT i gerMeet .Des pi t et he ageoft heai r cr af t ,i ti sf ul l yoper at i onal ;t hi swas demons t r at ed dur i ng Oct ober2011,when t he QRAf i ght er swer ecal l edi nt oact i ont oi nt er cept a Qat arAi r waysA330 t hatl os tcont actwi t h

Cz ech AT C.Once i tent er ed S l ovakai rs pace, t he Mi G29swer er eady t o es cor ti tal ong i t s r out e,af t erhavi ng r ecei ved as s ur ancest hat pas s enger swer e noti n dangerand t hatt he communi cat i onpr obl em wascaus edbyar adi o f ai l ur e. As t he Ai r bus ai r l i ner r eached t he Hungar i an boundar i es ,t he Mi G29s handed overt he r es pons i bi l i t yt ot he HuAF Gr i pens . Regul ar l yt heF ul cr umsar et r ai nedbyNAT I NADS t os cr ambl e and i nt er cept‘ hos t i l es ’pl ayed by ai r cr af tofnei ghbour i ngNAT O count r i es( T ango S cr ambl epr act i ce) .


2S t í haci aL et kai st hes quadr ont hati si nchar geof t hel eadi nandadvancedt r ai ni ngofpi l otcadet s bef or et hei rt r ans i t i ont ot heF ul cr um.T hes quadr on i sequi pped wi t hs i xt oei ghtL 39soft wodi f f er ent var i ant s ( L 39CM t r ai ner and L 39Z AM l i ght at t ack/ t r ai ner ) . Al l t hes e ai r cr af t r ecei ved upgr adess t ar t i ngi n2005t omeetNAT O andI CAO s t andar ds f ort hei rcommuni cat i ons equi pment ( t he M i nt he acr onym s t andsf or‘ Moder ni z ed’ ) . T hel i ght at t ackver s i oncoul dcar r yabout1300kg ofai r t ogr ound weaponson i t sex t er nalpyl ons al t houghi ti sno l ongerus ed i nt hi sr ol e.S ome of t he ai r cr af tr et ai nt he l i ver y oft he f or merBi el e Al bat r os y ( Whi t e Al bat r os es ) aer obat i c t eam, di s banded i n Apr i l2004.Aswel last hei rt r ai ni ng r ol e,2S quadr onai r cr af tal s oact sashos t i l esdur i ng T ango S cambl esf orCz ech Gr i penss t andi ng on QRA;mor eover ,i ti sa commonpr act i ce t ot r ai n Mi G29 pi l ot si n di s s i mi l ar ai r combat t r ai ni ng ( DACT )f l i ght s .

Wi ngAct i vi t i es T he F i ght er Wi ng has par t i ci pat ed i n many di f f er entex er ci s esandai rs howsar oundEur ope:i n addi t i ont ot heal r eadyci t edT i gerMeet ,i n2011i t t ookpar ti n‘ S er pent ex ’i nF r ance,‘ Eagl eT al on’i n Pol and,‘ New F I P’ i n Cz ech Republ i c,‘ S l ovak I nt er nat i onal Ai rF es t ’hos t edati t shomebas e,‘ Ai r Power ’i nAus t r i aandt he‘ Cz echI nt er nat i onalAi r F es t ’ .I n2012,S l ovakMi Gswer es eenat‘ RI AT ’at F ai r f or d, t he ‘ NAT O Days ’ at Os t r ava, t he ‘ F l or ennesAi rS how’i n Bel gi um,and agai nt he ‘ S l ovak I nt er nat i onal Ai r F es t ’ , wher e i t s r epr es ent at i ve ai r cr af tcar r i ed an amaz i ng t i ger headpai nt edonbot hf i ns .

T heF ut ur e? I ti s not cl earwhi ch ai r cr af t wi l lr epl ace t he F ul cr umsandt heAl bat r os es .T hecur r entpl ani sf or t hem t or emai ni ns er vi ce f ormany year s as f i nancesf ora r epl acementar es t i l lt o be f ound. S omes our ceshaves ai daboutt hepos s i bi l i t yofa j oi ntacqui s i t i onwi t hot herEas t er nEur openat i ons butt hi ss ol ut i oni sbecomi ngl es scr edi bl eaf t ert he deci s i on of t he Hungar i an and Cz ech gover nment st oex t endt hel eas eoft heGr i pens .

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Hel i copt erWi ngPr eš ov T heai rbas eofPr eš ovi sl ocat edi nt heeas tof S l ovaki a, about 100 km away f r om t he Ukr ai ni an bor der s .I t shi s t or yi squi t er ecent anddat esonl ybackt ot he1990s . I twast he end of1992,t wo mont hsbef or e t he di vi s i on of Cz echos l ovaki a, when i t s Def ence Counci ldeci ded t o es t abl i s ht he 4t hAi rBas et her e,wher et he4t hHel i copt er Regi mentwoul d be bas ed.One yearl at er , t he Regi mentf or mal l yt ook up r es i dence. T he bas e has al r eady had a numberof names and t he or i gi nal one was f i r s t changed t o34t hAi rBas e,t hen3r d Ai rBas e and l as t l yt ot he name i tcur r ent l ygoesby, Hel i copt erWi ngPr eš ov. Dur i ng Oct ober2003,t he Pr es i dentoft he S l ovak Republ i c named t he ai r bas e i n honourofGen.J ohn Ambr us ,Commander oft heNo.312( Cz echos l ovak)S quadr onRAF dur i ngWor l dWarI I . Al loft he hel i copt er sas s i gned t ot he Ai r F or cear epar toft heHel i copt erWi ng,whi ch i s cons t i t ut ed of t wo combat uni t s :t he Hel i copt erS quadr on and t he S AR/ T r ai ni ng S quadr on.T he f i r s tnamed i sequi pped wi t h Mi 17Msand t he s ur vi vi ng Mi lMi 8s ;i t smai n t as ki st he t r ans por t at i on and s uppor tof Ar my t r oops wi t h ex t er nal ar mament ( l oadedont hewi ngs ) .T heMi 17Msbecame s ol el yr es pons i bl ef ort he l as tnamed r ol ei n S ept ember2011 when t he l as t Mi 24D/ V at t ackhel i copt er swer er et i r ed f r om s er vi ce af t erhavi ng r eached t he end oft hei rl i f e. T wooft hes eHi ndshaves omer es i dualf l i ght hour sbutt hey wer es t or ed i n cas et hey neededt obeoper at i onal l yr eact i vat ed. Mai n -Pr eš ovi st he home t o a numberof ‘ Hi ps ’f ora r ange ofr ol esand pai nt ed i na var i et yofcol ours chemes( Davi deDaver i o) Ri ght-T he‘ Hi nd’i snol ongeri ns er vi cewi t h t he S l ovakAi rF or ce,t hough t wo ai r f r ames coul di nt heor yber es ur r ect ed ( Kar lDr age)


T he S AR/ T r ai ni ng S quadr on’ spr i mar yr ol es ,ast he name s ugges t s ,ar e S ear chand Res cue mi s s i onsand t he t r ai ni ng off ut ur e hel i copt erpi l ot s . T he r ot ar ywi ng ai r cr af tus ed f ort r ai ni ng i st he J et r angercl as sMi lMi 2 Hopl i t e,a l i t t l e hel i copt ert hatwasf or mer l yus ed f orl i ghtt r ans por t at i on dut i esofgoods( up t o 700kg)and per s onnel( s i xt o ei ghtpeopl e) .T he Mi 17Hi pi st het ypedes i gnat ed f orS AR:f ourhel i copt er swer eupdat ed f ort hi spur pos e wi t ht he i ns t al l at i on ofan ex t er nalhoi s t ,a hi ghpower s ear chl i ghtmount edundert hecabi n,aF or war dL ooki ngI nf r aRed( F L I R) camer a,MF Dsand new avi oni csequi pment .I magesacqui r ed t hr ough t heF L I Rcanbedi s pl ayedonbot ht heMF Dsmount edi nt hecockpi tand ont hecons ol epl aced i ns i det hef us el age,wher es i xt o ei ghts t r et cher s canal s o be accommodat ed.T he car go r amp i sl ocked asbal l as thas beenaddedt obal ancet henew i ns t r ument at i onpl acedi nt hef or war d par toft hef us el age.T hi sver s i onoft heHi pi snotcapabl eofcar r yi ngout CombatS AR ( CS AR)mi s s i onsdue t o uns ui t abl e avi oni csand l ack of s el f def ens eweapons .

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T he Hel i copt erWi ng’ sdut i esdur i ng peacet i me i ncl udepr ovi di ng s uppor tt ol ocalcommuni t i esi n t i mes of nat ur al di s as t er , humani t ar i an r el i ef oper at i ons , medi calt r ans por t at i on, emer gency s uppor t and par t i ci pat i on i n peacekeepi ng mi s s i onsover s eas . I nr ecentyear st he Wi ng hashel ped S l ovaki a’ s ci vi l i an aut hor i t i esdur i ng many weat herr el at ed di s as t er s ,l i kef l oodi ngandheavys now s t or ms ,and dur i ng gr eat f or es tf i r es t hat hi tt he T at r a Mount ai ns ,r ecei vi ng manyawar dsf ori t swor ki n t he pr oces s .T he S l ovak hel i copt er s wer e al s o depl oyed out s i de t he nat i onalboundar i es t o s uppor t NAT O peacekeepi ng mi s s i ons i n t he Bal kans :S t abi l i z at i onF ORce( S F OR) ,Kos ovoF ORce ( KF OR) and Eur opean Uni on F ORce ( EUF OR) Al t hea. S F OR waspr es enti nt he t er r i t or y ofBos ni a and Her z egovi naf r om S ept ember2002unt i l t heendof 2003;t wo Mi 17swer e depl oyed t o Bugoj no,t he bas et hathos t edt heDut chdet achment .T heHi ps per f or medmor et han800mi s s i onsandf l ew at ot al of403hour s ,t r ans por t i ng 1500peopl e and mor e t han 100 t onsofgoods .T he det achmentwas wi t hdr awnf r om t heat r ef ol l owi ngar es ol ut i onf r om t heS l ovakGover nment ,duet ot woi nci dent st hat i nvol vedS l AFMi 17s :one,t hatpr ovedf at al f ort he cr ew,happened notf araway f r om t hei rhome bas eofPr eš ov,t hes econdoccur r edneart heci t y ofNovi T r avni k,BH. F ouryear sl at er ,t he KF ORmi s s i on wass uppor t ed bet ween December2007 and J une 2008;t wo Mi 17Mswer e det ached t oS aj kovac ( Kos ovo)t o per f or m t as ksasVI P/ t r oop t r ans por t sand goods car r i er s ,s ur vei l l ance,r econnai s s ance and ( when as ked t o)f i r ef i ght i ng.T he det achmentachi eved mor et han1000f l i ght sand about490f l i ghthour s dur i ngi t ss i xmont has s i gnment . T he EUF OR cont r i but i on agai ni nvol ved t wo Hi ps bet weenF ebr uar yandJ une2009.T hedut i eswer e t he s ame asf ort he KF ORmi s s i onand t he S l ovak hel i copt er s f ul f i l l ed t hei rt as ks i n 359 f l i ght s accumul at i ng134f l i ghthour si nt hepr oces s .


Above -L i ke t hei rf as tj etcount er par t s ,s ome oft he S l ovak Ai r F or ce’ sMi l Mi 17Msar epai nt edi nadi gi t al camouf l ages cheme. L ef t-T hi sver ys mar tar t wor kador nst hes i deofanumberofHi ps . Bot hi magesDavi deDaver i o T he f ut ur e oft he Pr eš ov Wi ng i ss t i l luncl ear .I n or dert or educe def encecos t s ,apr opos al t omovet hehel i copt er st oS l i ači sunder cons i der at i on butnot hi ng hasbeen conf i r med yet .Mor eover , des pi t et hemoder ni s at i onoft heMi 17f l eet ,t hef actr emai nst hat t heHi psar eget t i ngol d and a r epl acementf ort hehel i copt erwi l l need t o be s el ect ed ats ome poi nt .T he NH I ndus t r i esNH90i sa s t at e oft he ar tmachi ne wi t hl ong endur ance and hasbeen s el ect ed bymanyEur opean count r i es ,buti ti sex pens i ve when compar edt oot hers ol ut i ons–amoder ni s edver s i onoft heMi 17Ms , per haps ,ort henewerMi 171.


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T r ans por tWi ngKuchyňa T he Wi ng i n char ge of t he whol e t r ans por tf l eetoft heS l ovakAi rF or cei s bas ed neart hel i t t l et ownofKuchyňa, nots of arf r om t hecapi t al ci t y. T heai r por twasbui l ti n1924wheni twas known asNovýDvor ,and i n 1933t he s ur r oundi ng s hoot i ng r ange was es t abl i s hed.Dur i ng Wor l d WarI Ii twas us edbyt heGer manL uf t waf f eandwas home t o a wi de r ange ofbomber s ( J unker sJ u87 S t uka,Dor ni erDo215 and Hei nkel He111) , t r ans por t ai r pl anes( J unker sJ u34andJ u52)and f i ght er s ( Mes s er s chmi dt BF 109 and F ocke Wul fF w190) ;s ome of t he bomber st ookpar tt ot he r ai d on t he T hr ee OaksAi r por t( S ept ember1944) , s t ar t i ng t he of f ens i ve agai ns t t he i ns ur r ect i oni s t soft he S l ovak Nat i onal Upr i s i ngt hatendedwi t ht her ecapt ur e oft he r egi on.I nt he meanwhi l e,t he ai r por t was bombed by t he Al l i ed F or ces ’ 15t h Ai rF or ce s t at i oned i n Nor t her nI t al y. Af t ert he end oft he war ,Kuchyňa became a t r ai ni ng bas e and al s o pr ovi ded s uppor tf ort he ai r t ogr ound s hoot i ngr angeunt i l 1993,whent hes pl i t f r om t he Cz ech Republ i c br oughtt he bomberf l eett ot he bas e:S u22sand, l at er ,S u25swer ebas edher easpar tof t he 3 S t í hacíBombar dovacíL et ecký Pl uk ( F i ght er Bomber Avi at i on Regi ment ) . 2003s aw a maj orchange i nt he Wi ng when t he bomber s wer e gr adual l y wi t hdr awn or s ol d, and t he F i ght er Bomber Regi ment l ef t ,l eavi ng t he ai r f i el dt ot heDopr avnéL et eckéKr i dl o ( Ai rT r ans por tS quadr on) ,t hatchanged i t sdenomi nat i on t o Ai rT r ans por tWi ng t hr eeyear sl at erandt oT r ans por tWi ng ( t hecur r entdenomi nat i on)i n2009.

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T oday' sdut i esi ncl ude t he t r ans por t at i on of peopl eandmat er i al sovers hor tandmedi um di s t ances ,dependi ngont heneedsoft heAi r F or ce and t he Mi ni s t r y of Def ence. F ur t her mor e,t he Wi ng pr ovi dess uppor tt o over s eas peacekeepi ng mi s s i ons ,medi cal evacuat i on, s ear ch and r es cue, aer i al phot ogr aphy,l i ai s on,par at r ooper sai rdr op, t r ans por t at i on ofammuni t i onsf orbot h Ai r F or ce and Ar my,s uppor tt os hoot i ng r ange act i vi t i es and VI P f l i ght s . Al l of t hes e oper at i ons ar e conduct ed wi t ha l i mi t ed numberofai r cr af t :oneAnt onovAn24Coke, t woAn26Cur l sands evenL etL 410s . I nJ anuar y 2006,one of t he t wo An24s bel ongi ng t ot he Wi ng cr as hed i n Hungar y whi l et r ans por t i ng t r oopsback home t hat had f i ni s hed a t ourofdut yi n Kos ovo,i n s uppor t of t he KF OR mi s s i on. 34 peacekeeper sand ei ghtmember soft he cr ew l os tt hei rl i vesi nt he i nci dentand onl y ones ur vi ved.T hecaus ewasat t r i but edt ot he pr emat ur e des cent of t he ai r cr af t whi l e appr oachi ng t he Koš i ce ai r por t .I twasnot cl eari ft hatmanoeuvr ewasduet ot heer r or of t he pi l ot s or a t echni cal pr obl em ex per i encedbyt he40yearol dai r pl ane.T hi s was ,and s t i l li s ,t he wor s ti nci dentt o hi tt he S l ovakAr medF or ces . I n2009,asacons equenceoft hel os sandi n or der t o upgr ade t he medi umr ange t r ans por tf l eet ,t heS l ovakMi ni s t r yofDef ence s el ect ed t he Al eni a Aer onaut i ca C27Jasa r epl acementoft hei rAnt onovs ,butdue t o budgetcut st heor deri ss t i l l t obes i gned. Acknowl edgement s :F i r s tofal lIwoul dl i ket o t hank1s tL t .Vr abel ova,att he Command of Sl ovak Ai r F or ce, f or gi vi ng me t he oppor t uni t yt ovi s i tt hei runi t sand r eal i s et hi s wor k;Secondl y,t o1s tL t .L ehetf orhi shel pi n expl ai ni ng t he Hel i copt erWi ng i n Pr eš ov; T hi r dl y,Capt .Mal at i nec atSl i ač Ai rBas ef or hi ss uppor tand f ores cor t i ng me dur i ng t he vi s i t ;And f i nal l y,al lt he per s onnelatbot h ai r bas esf ort hei rs uppor t .T hankyou!


OPAL OCKA

EXECUT I VEAI RPORT

T heCi t yofOpal ocka wasf ounded i n1926by avi at i onl egend Gl ennCur t i s s ,whor et i r ed f r om t heavi at i onbus i nes si nt he1920sandbecamea r eales t at e devel operi nF l or i da.T he unus ual name oft he ci t yi sact ual l ya cont r act i onofa S emi nol epl acename;Opat i s hawockal ocka, whi ch appar ent l yt r ans l at esas" t he hi gh l and nor t h oft he l i t t l er i veron whi ch t her ei sa campi ngpl ace" . T hef i r s taer onaut i cal act i vi t yont hes i t e,whi chi s now occupi edbyOpal ockaAi r por t ,camewi t h t hear r i valoft heF l or i daAvi at i onCampi n1925; i nf actbyt he1930s ,t her ewer et hr eeai r f i el dsi n

t hear ea,wi t hCur t i s sal s odonat i ngt hel andf or Mi ami Muni ci pal Ai r por t and Al l Amer i can Ai r por t ,bot hofwhi chwer el ocat edt ot hes out h ofwhati snow Opal ocka Ai r por t ,onadj acent pl ot sofl and. T he F l or i da Avi at i on Camp was par t of Opal ocka' s count r y cl ub ar ea and was bor der ed by a gol fcour s e and par kl and.I t f eat ur edabl i mphangarwhi chwasbr oughtup f r om KeyWes ti n1929;t hi swasus edt ohous et he Goodyearbl i mpwhi chs pentpar toft hewi nt er per i odi nMi ami .


Opal ockaExecut i ve Ai r por t ,s i t uat ed t o t henor t hofMi ami ,i s oneoft heol des tand mos thi s t or i c ai r f i el ds i nt he Uni t ed S t at es . GAM pr of i l es t hi s f amous ai r f i el d and t al ks t o t he Ai r por t Manager , Nel s on Mej i as , about t he ambi t i ous f ut ur e pl ansf ort hes i t e. Wor ds&Pi ct ur es PaulDunn L ef t-T he bui l di ng occupi ed by Mi amiEx ecut i ve Avi at i on,one of t hr ee F BOs cur r ent l y oper at i ng at Opal ocka Ex ecut i veAi r por t . Gl enn Cur t i s s di ed i n 1930, and hi s es t at e t r ans f er r ed a pl otofl and t ot he nor t h oft he F l or i daAvi at i onCampt ot heCi t yofMi ami ;t he l andwast henl eas edt ot heUSNavyasaNaval Res er veAvi at i onT r ai ni ngBas e( NRAT B)T heNavy er ect ed a di r i gi bl e moor i ng mas t ,and t he s i t e became an i mpor t ants t op on t he Z eppel i n r out e bet ween Ger many,t he US and S out h Amer i ca. Ex pans i onoft henavalf aci l i t yt ookpl acei nt he l at e 1930s , and i n 1940, NAS Mi ami was es t abl i s hed, cent r ed on t he NRAT B, but

i ncor por at i ng t he bl i mp hangar , di r i gi bl e moor i ngmas tandbot hAl l Amer i canandMi ami Muni ci pal Ai r por t s . Dur i ng WWI I ,NAS Mi amiwasa bus yt r ai ni ng bas e,but wi t ht he end oft he war ,i t was decommi s s i oned and pas s ed t o Dade Count y Por tAut hor i t ywhi chbegandevel opmentofan ai r por ton t he s i t e.However ,t he ai r f i el d was r ecommi s s i oned as Mar i ne Cor ps Ai rS t at i on Mi amii n1951.Byt heend oft he1950s ,mi l i t ar y f l yi ng ceas ed on t he s i t e,and i tonce agai n pas s edi nt oci vi l i anhands .


I n 1962,Opal ocka Ai r por tcame i nt o bei ng, pr i mar i l y as a gener alavi at i on ai r f i el d,and r el i everai r f i el df orMi amiI nt er nat i onalAi r por t .I t r api dl y devel oped i nt o one of t he bus i es t ai r por t si nt he US ;r ecor dsf or1966 r ecor d an i ncr edi bl e 546, 985annualmovement s ,put t i ng Opal ocka s econd onl yt o Chi cago O' Har ei n t er msoft ot almovement s ;i ts houl d bepoi nt ed outt hatt hevas tmaj or i t yoft hes ef l i ght swer eby ‘ s por tand bus i nes s 'ai r cr af t ,butt hati ss t i l la r emar kabl es t at i s t i c. T her eces s i onand oi lcr i s i si nt he1970sl ed t oa decl i ne i n t he number of oper at i ons f r om Opal ocka,butt odayt heai r por tmanagement

has ambi t i ous pl ans t o devel op t hi s hi s t or i c ai r f i el d wi t h new and i mpr oved f aci l i t i es .T he ai r por ti sadmi ni s t er ed byMi ami DadeAvi at i on Depar t ment , par t of Mi ami Dade Count y; Nel s on Mej i as i st he Ai r por t Manager of Opal ocka Ex ecut i ve Ai r por t( t he ai r f i el d was r enamed i n2006)and ex pl ai nshow t heai r por t f i t si nt ot hecount y' spor t f ol i ooff i veai r f i el ds . " T hewayi twor ksr i ghtnow i st hatMI Ai st hemai n ai r por t .MI A hasa s ys t em off ouraddi t i onal ai r por t s ;oneoft hem i st hi sone. " Oft he ot hert hr ee ai r por t s ,Kendal l T ami ami Ex ecut i veandHomes t eadGener al ar epr i mar i l y

T hi ss mar tBoei ng


GA ai r f i el ds .T he f i nalai r por ti nt he gr oup i s DadeCol l i erT r ai ni ng and T r ans i t i on Ai r por t ,an i s ol at ed,s i ngl er unwayai r por twhi chr epr es ent s t he onl y compl et ed par t of a pl anned s i x r unway ' J et por t 'whi ch wast o be bui l ti nt he l at e1960si nt he Ever gl ades .T he pr oj ectwas cancel l ed due t o ecol ogi calconcer ns ,and t odayt he r unways eesonl ya s mal lamountof t r ai ni ngact i vi t y.

MI Af r om addi t i onalai r cr af tt r af f i c,becaus e MI Ai ss etupr i ghtnow f ort hel ar gercommer ci al t r af f i c,MI Ahasal andi ngf ee.Opal ockaAi r por t i ss et up t ot ake t he s mal l ert r af f i cs o,f or ex ampl e,t her ei snol andi ngf eeouther e.T her e ar enof eesasf arasl andi ng,par ki ngands oon, becaus et hat ’ ss omet hi ngt odr aw ai r cr af taway f r om MI Aandal l evi at et hei rt r af f i c. "

T hepr i mar yr ol eoft heGA ai r f i el dsi nt heMDAD s ys t em i st o r el i eve conges t i on at Mi ami I nt er nat i onal Ai r por t ,asMr .Mej i asex pl ai ns . " I t ’ sas i mpl econcept ;wear et r yi ngt oal l evi at e

i ng707i ski t t edoutasanex ecut i vej etandi scur r ent l ys t or edatOpal ockaawai t i ngpos s i bl ef ut ur eus e.


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Whi l s tt her ol eofr el i everai r por ti sus ef ul i ni t s el f ,Mr .Mej i asi sal s okeent o emphas i s et hei mpor t anceoft heai r por tt ot hes ur r oundi ngcommuni t i es andal s oi t spot ent i al f orgener at i ngr evenuei ni t sownr i ght . " I deal l y,f r om my s t andpoi nt ,whatwe’ r el ooki ng f orr i ghtnow i sf or Opal ockaAi r por tt ogr ow.Weunder s t andt hatanyai r por ti nanyci t ywi l l be an economi c engi ne.T hati ni t s el fi spr os per ous ,and apar tf r om s ayi ngt hatt hecount yt akesi ns omuchmoney,mor es ot hatt heci t yi t s el f becomesmuch mor e af f l uent ,i t st axbas e gr ows ,and mor e wor ki s avai l abl e.T ot hatendwewantt os eet hi sai r por tgr ow. " CanIs ayr i ghtnow t hatOpaL ockaEx ecut i veAi r por ti smaki ngl oadsof money?Abs ol ut el ynot .Wear ei na gr owt hpr oces sr i ghtnow,and our whol eent i r edevel opment ,ever yt hi ngt hatwe’ r es ett odor i ghtnow,i s bas eduponget t i ngt hi sai r por tbackt ogr owt handget t i ngt heci t i est o gr ow wi t hi t . "

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erF l ex 737300 i s ocka f ol l owi ng t he z i l i ancar r i er .

sor i gi nal l ydel i ver ed i r l i nes , but l at er anex ecut i vej et .I t ctatOpal ocka f or nd wi l ls hor t l y be ar t of t he ai r por t ef f or t st o cl ean up

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Devel opment Accor di ng t o Mr . Mej i as ,t hat gr owt h and devel opment mus t occur wi t hi n s peci f i c gui del i nesagr eedwi t ht hel ocal communi t y. " We have t o be par t ner swi t h ournei ghbour ci t i esi nt he devel opment ,and we have t o under s t and t hei r needs and t hei r concer ns , about noi s e i s s ues ,t r af f i c, ai r cr af t cr as hes , ever yt hi ng l i ke t hat .S o t o t hat end, t he commi s s i on has adopt ed a r es ol ut i on t hat bas i cal l ys t at est hatt hi sai r por ts hal l notbecome a commer ci alai r por t .Whatt hatmeansi st hat we cannot s er vi ce pas s enger ai r cr af t , s chedul ed orot her wi s e;t hatdoes n' tappl yt o t hecar gopar tofi t ,however . " T hecar gopar twecandevel op,buti nor dert o goaheadanddr aw i ncar gocompani es ,t her e ar e cer t ai n condi t i onst hathave t o be met . Numberone i st he f aci l i t i esont he ai r f i el di t s el f havet obedevel oped enought os uppor tt hat t ypeofoper at i on. "

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T hi s deci s i on was gr eet ed wi t hr el i efat Opal ocka; as Mr . Mej i as r el at es ,t he cons equencesofl os i ng t he AT C s er vi ce woul dhavebeenver ys er i ous . " Wi t houtt het ower ,wewoul dhavehadt o cl os e down t wo ofourr unways ,s o we woul d have been a s i ngl e r unway oper at i on.Att hatpoi nt ,t her e ar e ot her i s s ueswhi ch woul d have devel oped.F or ex ampl e,t he l onges tr unway we have 09L / 27R whi ch has I L S appr oaches f r om bot hendsbutwi t houtt het owerwecan’ t s wi t cht hem.S o ast he wi nd changes ,we woul dl os et heI L S . " Att hatpoi nt ,i twoul d have meantt he deat h oft hi sai r f i el d.We woul ds t i l lhave had f l yi ng t r af f i c,ai r cr af tcan s t i l lf l yi nt o uncont r ol l edai r s pace,butourcapabi l i t yt o gr ow woul d have been di mi ni s hed i ncr edi bl y. " I nt heend,f undi ngwass ecur edt oal l ow al l t he cont r act t ower s on t he s chedul ed cl os ur e l i s t t o r emai n open f or t he r emai nderoft hef i s cal year ;however ,even t hough t he i mmedi at et hr eathasgone, wi t h s eques t r at i on appar ent l y s et t o cont i nue f ors ome t i me t o come,i ti san event ual i t yt hatmayyetcomet opas sf or s omeai r f i el ds . F ort hemomentt hough,t hef ut ur ecer t ai nl y l ooksencour agi ngf orOpal ockaEx ecut i ve Ai r por t ,wi t ht he management keen t o engagewi t ht het enant sand ai r f i el d us er s t o devel op t he ai r f i el di nt he cor r ectway, asMr .Mej i asex pl ai ns . " Notonl ydo we have t he F BOs ,we al s o have s mal lcompani escomi ng t o usand as ki ngf orl eas esal l t het i me.T her e’ sal otof i nt er es t and our t enant s become ver y val uabl e par t ner s , wor ki ng t oget her t o gr ow t hi sai r por t .When we s peak t o our t enant s ,t her ei sa s ens et hatwe al lgr ow t oget herorweal l f al l t oget her . "

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heS pani s hAi rF or cer ecei vedt hef i r s tofi t s Hor net son22November1985af t erpl aci ng an or der f or 60 EF 18A and 12 EF 18B model s( wher et he‘ E’i ndi cat es‘ Es paña’r at her t han‘ El ect r oni c’aswoul dus ual l ybet hecas e) , des i gnat ed C. 15 and CE. 15 r es pect i vel yi n s er vi ce. I n 1993,i twasannounced t hatt he Ej ér ci t o delAi r e’ sf l eetofHor net swoul d be upgr aded t oF / A18C/ Ds t andar d,af t erwhi ch t hey woul d be known by t he des i gnat i ons EF 18A+ and EF 18B+. T hos e number s wer e bol s t er ed i n1995when24ex USNavyF / A18As wer e pur chas ed and del i ver ed as EF 18A+ s t andar dai r cr af t . T heZ ar agoz abas edAl a15–mot t o:“Qui enOs e

Paga”( “Who Dar est o Pay” ) ,i sone oft hr ee S pani s h Ai rF or ce wi ngst o oper at et he Hor net ( Al a 12atT or r ej onand Al a 46atGando,Gr an Canar i a,bei ngt heot hert wo)andi scompr i s ed oft hr ee s quadr ons : 151 Es cuadr ón “Car aa Car a”( “F ace t oF ace” ) ,cal l s i gn “T ORO” ; 152 Es cuadr ón “Mar sVi gi l a”( “Mar sAr e Wat chi ng Out” ) ,cal l s i gn “MART E” ; 153 Es cuadr ón “No S emos Nai de” ( “We Ar e Nobody” ) ,cal l s i gn “EBRO” .

151Es c and 152Es c ar e bot hf r ont l i ne Hor net s quadr ons ,capabl e ofoper at i ng i n ei t hert he ai r t oai rorai r t ogr oundr ol l s ,whi l e153Es cact s ast heoper at i onalconver s i onuni t( OCU)f oral l S pani s hAi rF or ceHor netpi l ot s .

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Hi s t or y Al a 15 was bor n on 16 December 1985 ahead of t he ar r i valoft he Wi ng’ sf i r s t EF 18s .F ur t her mor e,Al a 15 hasbeen a f ul lmemberof t he NAT O T i gerAs s oci at i on s i nce J une 2008,havi ng f i r s t par t i ci pat ed i n t he 2006 edi t i on of t he NAT O T i ger Meet ,hel dont hatoccas i on at Al bacet e AB. I t sT i ger ances t r yi st r aced back t o S ept ember1956 when one of i t s f or ebear s , Al a 2, oper at edt heF 86FS abr e. F r om 1994 t hr ough t o 1999, Al as12and 15par t i ci pat ed i n t he i nt er nat i onal oper at i ons as s oci at ed wi t h t he conf l i ct i n t he f or mer Yugos l avi a, i n doi ng s o not chi ngupt hel onges tever S pani s h Ai r F or ce depl oyment .

Vi s i t On ar r i val at t he Al a 15 bui l di ng,we ar e gr eet ed by ourhos tf ort hedayT eni ent e ( L i eut enant )J uan J os é de Ar r i ba Muñoz ,a Hor netpi l ot and t he wi ng’ s newl y qual i f i eds af et yof f i cer .


A bus ymor ni ng’ sf l yi ng i sont he car dsas Al a 15s t epsup i t spr epar at i onsahead of t he comi ng weekend’ s depl oyment t o Or l and AB,Nor way,f orNAT OT i gerMeet 2013.T hewi ngwoul ds ends i xai r cr af tand count l es sper s onnelt ot ake par ti nt he ex er ci s e,and,aswe woul dl ear nl at er , per haps s omewhat cont r ar y t o t he gener alper cept i ont hatNT Mi ss omet hi ng of‘ aj ol l y’ ,i ti svi ewedasanabs ol ut el yvi t al el ementi nt heuni t ’ st r ai ni ng pl ansf ort he year . Asacons equence,al l of151and152Es c’ s oper at i ons f or t he day ar e s et t o be combi nedi nt oas i ngl ewaveof11ai r cr af t –t wof our s hi psandat hr ee. T hef i nal s t agesofpl anni ngar ei npr ogr es s aswe t ake i n a whi s t l es t op t ouroft he bui l di ng t hati ncl uded br i efi nt r oduct i ons wi t h Cor onel ( Col onel ) F r anci s co Gonz ál ez Es pr es at i Ami án, t he commanderoft he 15t h Wi ng,and hi s s econdi ncommand,T eni ent eCor onel ( L t Col onel ) Muñoz ,wi t h whom we woul d s peakmor el at er .

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St eveComber “When t he s t udent sar r i ve her e, t hey’ ve pr obabl y been i n t he S pani s h Ai rF or ce f orar ound f i ve year s .T heywi l l haves pentayear att he Academy and wi l lhave t henl ear ntt of l yt heT 35C ( ENAER T 35Pi l l an) . “Bas i cj ett r ai ni ngi scar r i edouton t heCAS A C101Avi oj et ,andt hen pot ent i al f i ght er pi l ot s go t o T al aver a l a RealAB t of l yt he Nor t hr opS F 5BM. ” Comandant e Rui z has s i x i ns t r uct or pi l ot s at hi s di s pos al , i ncl udi ng a US Navy ex change pi l ot ,andcur r ent l yhasacour s eof s i xs t udentpi l ot si nt r ai ni ng. As i de f r om pr ovi di ng an i nt r oduct i on t ot he ai r cr af t ,153 Es ci sr es pons i bl ef ort eachi ngnew Hor netpi l ot show t of i ghtwi t ht hei r new s t eed.Ont hemor ni ngofour vi s i t ,a 2v1s or t i e waspl anned agai ns taCAS AC101Avi oj et ,but Comandant e Rui zex pl ai ned t hat t he s t udent s coul d come up agai ns tanyoff ourt ypesandt hat i twas i mpor t antt hatt hey had ex pos ur et of i ght i ngagai ns teach s i nce t hey al lhave t hei r own nuances . Or di nar i l yt hey woul d notbet ol di nadvancewhatt ype t heywoul d be f aci ng ona gi ven day.


Outont hepl at f or m,s ome20j et sar eatr es taswewal k t ot hemai nt enancehangar ;ar oundt hr eequar t er sof whi chwer ebei ngpr epar edf ort hebi gmi s s i on.

Mai nt enanceHangar T hr ee Hor net s– t wo t wi ns t i ck B+ model s and a s i ngl es eat‘ M’–ar e pr es enti ns i de t he mai nt enance hangar ,andwear egi vent heoppor t uni t yt os i ti nt he cockpi tofoneoft het wos eat er s .F oranai r cr af tt hat l ooksbi g on t he gr ound,I–asa not es peci al l yt al l per s on –wass ur pr i s ed by j us thow cr amped i twas i ns i de. T hr ow i ns ur vi valequi pment ,gl ovesand a hel met ,and Ican i magi ne t hatqui t eal otoft he but t ons and s wi t ches woul d s oon become qui t e di f f i cul tt ol ocat e –vi s ual l yatl eas t–l etal one when s ubj ect edt os i gni f i cantgl oads . One oft he EF 18B+ ai r cr af tpr es ent ,CE1501,was act ual l yt he f i r s tHor nett o be handed overt ot he S pani s hAi rF or ceandi ts t i l l car r i est hes peci al mar ki ngs t o commemor at et he s ur pas s i ng of100, 000hour sf or t heoper at orwi t ht het ypet hati twor ewhenat t endi ng RI AT2005atRAFF ai r f or d.

Mi dL i f eUpdat e 65oft heEj ér ci t odelAi r e’ sor i gi nalHor net swer egi ven aMi dL i f eUpdat e( ML U)atEADSCAS A’ sGet af ef aci l i t y nearMadr i d –wher e al lmaj ors er vi ci ng wor kon t he t ypei scar r i edout-s t ar t i ngi nJ anuar y2004.T he€185m pr ogr amme meantt he ai r cr af tr ecei ved moder ni s ed avi oni cs ,navi gat i onand communi cat i onsequi pment t hats houl denabl et hem t or emai ni ns er vi cet i l l ar ound 2020.T hes eai r cr af tar enow des i gnat edEF 18M. T eni ent e Ar r i ba poi nt soutt hatt he upgr aded ai r cr af t equi pt he Z ar agoz a and T or r ej onbas ed wi ngswhi l e Al a 46 us es t he f or merUS Navy j et st hathaven’ t r ecei vet heML Uupdat e. “T he ai r cr af ti sgr eat ,par t i cul ar l ys i nce t he upgr ade. T hecapabi l i t i eshavei ncr eas edt ot hehi ghes ts t at eof t hear ts t andar ds .Ourmul t i r ol ecapabi l i t i esar eeven gr eat err i ghtnow.F ur t her mor eal otofs acr i f i ceshave t obemadet or eachher e,butatt heendi twaswor t h i t .F l yi ngt heF 18i soneoft hegr eat es tex per i encesyou canachi eve. ”

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Equi pments ect i on T het ourcont i nueswi t has t opatt heequi pments ect i on,wher ewear eabl et os eet hepi l ot s ’f l yi ng equi pmentf i r s thand.As i def r om s i z edi f f er ences ,hel met sar eal l oft hes ames t yl e,butpi l ot shave t hechoi ceoft woox ygenmas kst os el ectf r om bas edonper s onal pr ef er ence.I t ’ samus i ngt onot e t hats omeoft hes ur vi val equi pmentcomescompl et ewi t h‘ T i ger ’t r i m!

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T he mus eum al s o has one of t he or i gi nal pr eWWI Ihangar s ,whi ch hous esmany oft he pr e1945ai r cr af t ,and s mal l erbui l di ngshous i ng t he WWIcol l ect i on, a compr ehens i ve aer o engi ne di s pl ay, and t he unr es t or ed ear l y ai r f r ameshel dbyt hecol l ect i on. T hepos t warai r f r amesondi s pl ayi ncl udemany Wes t er nt ypes ,wi t h ex ampl esoft he J aguar , Har r i er ( bot t om l ef t ) ,F 84F ,F 105 ( bot t om mi ddl e) ,Mi r age V,Vi ggen,Dr aken ( bot t om r i ght ) , A37, F 5 and A7 Cor s ai r bei ng B7280i saS opwi t hCamelF 1,bui l tbyCl ayt on& r epr es ent edamongs tot her s . S hut t l ewor t h and now pr es er ved i nt he Pol i s h Avi at i onMus eum col l ect i on.


T he Col l ect i on’ sVi ggen i san AJ S F 37 var i ant , oper at edl as tbyF21L ul eåi nnor t her nS weden.

T op -F or mer l y 726 S qn’ s gat eguar d at Aal bor g ABi nDenmar k,t hi sex Dani s hAi r F or ceS t ar f i ght ernow f i ndsi t s el fr es i denti n Pol and. Mai n -Wi t h deci dedl yf aded pai nt ,t hi s A7P Cor s ai rpr evi ous l ys er ved wi t ht he Por t ugues e Ai rF or ce atMont e RealAB pr i ort ot het ype’ sr et i r ementi nJ une1999.


Deut s cheL uf t f ahr tSamml ung I nl at e 1943 orear l y1944,wi t ht he Al l i ed bombi ngofBer l i ni nf ul ls wi ng,t hedeci s i on was made t o evacuat e s ome of t he ai r f r ames f r om t he Deut s che L uf t f ahr t S amml ung( Ger manAi r cr af tCol l ect i on)t o avoi ddes t r uct i on. Over20ai r cr af tf r om t he col l ect i on wer e di s mant l ed and puton a t r ai n headi ng eas t ,t o Cz ar ni kaui neas t er nGer manyf or s af ekeepi ng. Af t ert he war ,Cz ar ni kau ( now known as Cz ar nkow)f el l wi t hi nt hebor der sofPol and. T he ai r cr af t( by now mos t l y mi s s i ng t hei r wi ngs )wer es t or edi nvar i ousl ocat i ons ,and became par t of t he Pol i s h Avi at i on Mus eum col l ect i onwheni twases t abl i s hed i n1963. A wi del yr epeat ed s t or yi st hatt her ewer e t wot r ai ns ,onecar r yi ng t hef us el agesand anot hert he wi ngs ,and t he one car r yi ng t he wi ngs di s appear ed enr out e t o Cz ar ni kau, however , a mor e l i kel y ex pl anat i on i st hatt he wi ngspr ovi ded a r eadys our ceoff i r ewoodi nt hehar s hPol i s h wi nt er s . Mos toft he s ur vi vi ng f us el ages wer e of Ger man WWIt ypes ,butt her e wer e ot her ai r cr af twhi cht odayf or ms omeoft her eal gemsoft he Kr akow col l ect i on. S ome of t he f us el ageswer er es t or ed ( manydur i ng t he1980s ) ,ands omehaves i ncehadwi ngs cons t r uct ed t o br i ng t hem back t o compl et eex hi bi t sonceagai n. T he f us el age oft he ( onl ys ur vi vi ng)DH9A now i n Hendon wasex changed wi t ht he RAFMus eum i nt he1970sf oraS pi t f i r eXVI, whi chi snow ondi s pl ayi nt hemai nbui l di ng t or epr es entt he many Pol i s hs er vi cemen whof l edt oBr i t ai naf t erPol andf el l ,i nor der t ocont i nuet hef i ghtagai ns tt heGer mans .


Above-J us tat i nyf r act i onoft hef us el age col l ect i on,r es cued f r om t he Deut s che L uf t f ahr tS amml ung. Ri ght-Cel ebr at i ngt hePol i s hs er vi cemen whof oughtf ort heAl l i esdur i ngWWI I ,t hi s S pi t f i r eMkXVIi spr oudl ydi s pl ayed. L ef t - T he Al bat r os H. 1 was a Ger mandes i gned,hi ghal t i t uder es ear ch pl ane,al t houghi tneverf l ew duet of ear s concer ni ngi t ss t r uct ur al i nt egr i t y.


Col l ect i onHi ghl i ght s T hr ee oft he Pol i s h Avi at i on Mus eum’ sgemscame f r om t hi sBer l i n col l ect i on. F i r s t l y,and mos ts i gni f i cant l y,i st he PZ LP. 11c f i ght er , whi chhasbeendes cr i bedast hemos ts i gni f i cantpr es er vedai r cr af t i n Pol and. T he onl ys ur vi voroft he br i efbutbl oodyconf l i ctwi t h Ger manyi nS ept ember1939,and t he Pol i s h Ai rF or ce' sf r ont l i ne f i ght eratt het i me,waspower edbyaBr i s t olMer cur yengi ne.I thas beenf ul l yr es t or ed,andi sgr oundr unonoccas i on. S econdl y,t heCur t i s sHawkbi pl ane,whi chwasoneofapai rbr ought backf r om t heUSt oGer manybyEr ns tUdeti n1933,andf l ownbyhi m att he1936Ber l i nOl ympi cs .T heHawkf us el agewasr es t or edawhi l e back,and i sal s o gr oundr unonoccas i on. i ti spr es ent l yhavi ng a new s etofwi ngsbui l t ,andt hel owerpai rwer er ecent l yf i t t ed. T hi r dl y,t hemus eum hol dst heunr es t or edf us el age( f i r ewal l af t )and t ai ls ur f acesoft he Me209 i n whi ch F r i t zWendels ett he wor l d ai r s peedr ecor d( ats ome469mph)on26Apr i l 1939. I n addi t i on t ot he mai nl y Ger man WWIf us el agesf r om t he Ber l i n col l ect i on,t he mus eum al s o hasa Cl ayt on and S hut t l ewor t hbui l t Camel ( t hathasbeenf ul l yr es t or edwi t hwi ngsadded)andt heonl y s ur vi vi ngGr i gor ovi chM15Rus s i anbi pl anef l yi ngboatf r om 1917.

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i gni f i cantpr es er ved d” ,t he PZ LP. 11c roft he count r y’ s many.


New Exhi bi t s Recentaddi t i onst ot hemus eum i ncl udes ever alai r f r amesbi z ar r el ydi s pos edofbyt heI WM at Dux f or d,i ncl udi ngacombat vet er anF 105T hunder chi ef ,Ami otAAC. 1( J unker s52-above)and DH S ea Venom ( bot t om r i ght ) ,al lnow r eas s embl ed and on di s pl ay. Al s o di s pl ayed ar e ai r f r amesf r om t hef or merPol i s hAi rF or ceVI Puni t ,di s bandedaf t ert het r agi ccr as hi nS mol ens k, Rus s i ai n2010whi chki l l edt hePol i s hPr es i dentamongs ti t s96cas ual t i es .

T hi sMi l Mi 8S‘ Hi p’waspr evi ous l yoper at edby36S PL TasaVI Pt r ans por tai r cr af t .


T hi sf or merPol i s hAi rF or ceVI PYak40waspl acedondi s pl ayatt hemus eum i nDecember2006.


Above - A t wos eat t r ai ni ng ver s i on of t he I l yus hi nI l 28“Beagl e”knownast he I l 28U. T he t ypewasr et i r ed f r om Pol i s hAi rF or ces er vi cei n 1977.

Above -S por t i ng a br i ghtcol ours cheme and car r yi ng t wo 600 l i t r e GRP hopper s ,t hi s PZ L S wi dni kbui l tMi lMi 2“Hopl i t e”i spar toft he Mus eum’ s“Agr i cul t ur al Avi at i on”ex hi bi t i on.

Mai n-Apai roff or mer Pol i s hAi rF or ceS u7“F i t t er s ”atr es tt oget her .

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Above-Bor neoutofa pr ogr ammet or epl ace t heT S 11I s kr a,PZ LMi el ecdevel opedt hePZ LI 22 I r yda.A t ot alof17ex ampl eswer ebui l tpr i ort o t hecancel l at i onoft hepr oj ect ,duemai nl yt oa l ackoff undi ng.

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Above-T hi sMi lMi 4ME“Hound”wasoper at ed by t he Pol i s h Navy. T he ‘ M’ i nt he s uf f i x i ndi cat edi twasanar medcl os es uppor tvar i ant whi l et he‘ E’meanti twasanex por tver s i on.


Above-A r ow off ourdomes t i cal l ypr oduced Mi lMi 2Hopl i t esi nvar i ous camouf l ages chemes . Wel lwor t ha vi s i t ,and aneas yt axir i de f r om cent r alKr akow,t he Pol i s h Avi at i on Mus eum hasa wor l dcl as scol l ect i on ofexhi bi t s .T he s t af far e ext r emel yf r i endl y,t he ent r ance f ee of15 Z l ot y( ar ound ÂŁ3)i s ver y r eas onabl e,andi ti sver yevocat i vet owal kt hr ought her owsofMi Gsatt hi s f or merWar s aw Pactai r f i el d,s omet hi ngt hati nmyyout hIneverbel i evedI woul dbedoi ng.

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Ri ght-T hi ss t r ange anot her pr oduct des i gn bur eau. Bel phegor was r es pons et oaS ovi e moder n and ef f i r epl ace t he An2 dut i es . 175 wer e des i gn was ackn uneconomi cal .

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her l ook at t he fex Pol i s hAi rF or ce ai r cr af t ,headedt hi s PM “F ar mer � .

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B OE I NG

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t ' s a hot s ummer ’ s day at T r avi s AF B, Cal i f or ni a, s ot heai rcondi t i onedcomf or tof t he 21s t Ai r l i f tS quadr on' s headquar t er s bui l di ngpr ovi desawel comechancet ocool of f .Havi ng t al ked at l engt h wi t hL t Col J os eph Di ngman,t he 21s tAScommander , about t he capabi l i t i es of t he C17 Gl obemas t erI I I ,t he f i nalques t i on ofour i nt er vi ew caus es hi m t o paus ef ora f ew s econdsandt hi nkcar ef ul l y. T hatques t i on bei ng:“I st her e anyt hi ng you woul dl i ke t o change aboutt he C17?”T he ans wer s peaks vol umes about t hi s r emar kabl eai r l i f t erand t hees t eem i nwhi ch i ti shel dbyt hos ewhooper at ei t . " Idon’ t know t hat Iwoul d change t he ai r cr af t .T he ai r cr af ti sawes ome,t her e’ snot mucht hatIt hi nkIwoul dchangeabouti tat al l . " I t ' snotunus ual f orapi l ott owaxl yr i cal about t he per f or mance and capabi l i t i es of t he ai r cr af twhi chheors hef l i es .T hats ai d,mos t pi l ot sar eal s okeenl yawar eoft hei rai r cr af t ' s s hor t comi ngsand nor mal l yf ai r l y happy t o di s cus st hem.I nt het wodayst hatGAM s pent wi t ht he 21s tAS ,however ,vi r t ual l y ever y wor dt hatwass ai d aboutt he ai r cr af twas over whel mi ngl y pos i t i ve.Cl ear l yt hi si s an ex cept i onal machi ne.

YC14&YC15 Boei ng' s C17 Gl obemas t er I I I can be cons i der ed a r eals ucces ss t or y.T he des i gn has i t s or i gi ns i nt he McDonnel lDougl as YC15,whi chwasconcei ved i nr es pons et o t he US AF ' sAMS T( Advanced Medi um S T OL T r ans por t ) compet i t i on f or an ai r cr af tt o r epl acet heC130.T heYC15f i r s tf l ew i n1975, andcompet edwi t ht heBoei ngYC14;i nt he end nei t herai r cr af twass el ect ed t o ent er pr oduct i on, and t he AMS T pr ogr amme endedi n1979.

Bel ow - Boei ng’ s ent r y i nt o t he AMS T compet i t i on was t he YC14. 7201874 i s pi ct ur ed at RAF Mi l denhal li n May 1977 ( L i nds ayPeacock)


S T i s 7

AC17f r om t he60t hAMW t ur nsf i nal satNel l i sAF Bi nbeaut i f ul l ow s unl i ght( Chr i sWood)

Bel ow - T he McDonnel l Dougl as r es pons e, meanwhi l e,came i nt he s hape oft he YC15. 7201876 i s s een pr epar i ng t o l and at F ar nbor oughi nS ept1976 ( L i nds ayPeacock)

Bel ow - Wear i ng a ver y di f f er ent but par t i cul ar l y s har p col our s cheme, t hi s ex ampl e i s 7201875, depi ct ed at RAF Mi l denhal l i nMay1977 ( L i nds ayPeacock)


Anai r cr af tf r om t he437t hAMW get ss mar t hef i r s tt or ecei vet heC17i n1995 ( PaulF

Ent ert heGl obemas t erI I I S hor t l yaf t er war ds ,t heAi rF or ces t ar t ed t heCX pr ogr amme.T hi swasi nt ended t o pr oduce a l ar gerAMS Tt ype ai r cr af twhi chcoul d al s of ul f i l t he s t r at egi c ai r l i f tmi s s i on.McDonnel lDougl as s ubmi t t ed a des i gn bas ed on an enl ar ged YC15,whi ch was s el ect ed over compet i ng des i gnsf r om Boei ng and L ockheed.T he new ai r cr af t was des i gnat ed t he C17, and devel opmentcont i nued t hr oughoutt he 1980s , wi t ht he ai r cr af t maki ng i t s mai den f l i ght i n S ept ember1991.T heai r cr af ti sr ef er r edt oast he Gl obemas t erI I Ii nr ecogni t i on ofi t sher i t age as t he t hi r d Dougl asdes i gn t o beart hatname ( af t er t he C74 Gl obemas t er and C124 Gl obemas t erI I ) . By t hi st i me,t he US AF r equi r ementhad been r educed f r om 210ai r cr af tt o onl y120,and t he pr oj ecthad s ome t echni caldi f f i cul t i es .T hes e wer e event ual l y deal t wi t h dur i ng t he devel opment phas e and t he new ai r cr af t ent er ed s er vi ce at Char l es t on AF B, S out h Car ol i na,wi t ht he f i r s ts quadr on ( t he 17t h AS ) bei ngdecl ar edoper at i onal i nJ anuar y1995. I twas n' tl ong bef or et he capabi l i t i es oft he ai r cr af twer e putt ot he t es ti n an oper at i onal envi r onment , wi t h t he NAT O i nt er vent i on i n Kos ovo.Dur i ngt hecampai gn( Oper at i onAL L I ED F ORCE)t heC17per f or medadmi r abl y,asi thas donei never ydepl oyments i nce. T he US AF r equi r ement f or 120 was s t eadi l y i ncr eas ed,wi t ht he l ar ges tor derbei ng f oran addi t i onal60 uni t si n 2002.By t hatt i me,t he companymar ket i ngt heC17wasBoei ng,whi ch mer gedwi t hr i valMcDonnel lDougl asi n1997.I n t ot al ,t he US AF has r ecei ved 210 pr oduct i on ex ampl es ,and t her e have been a f ur t her20 ai r cr af tdel i ver ed t o ot heroper at or s ,i ncl udi ng t he RoyalAi rF or ce,RoyalAus t r al i an Ai rF or ce, RoyalCanadi anAi rF or ce,Qat arEmi r iAi rF or ce, UAEAi rF or ce,and mos tr ecent l y,t heI ndi anAi r F or ce.A numberofai r cr af tar e al s o oper at ed j oi nt l yundert heNAT OS t r at egi cAi r l i f tCapabi l i t y Pr ogr am.T he pr oduct i on l i ne i ss t i l lopen,and f ur t herUS AFor der shavenotbeenr ul edout .

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alAus t r al i an Ai rF or ce’ s36 ( Mi chaelCar t er )

A7MABoft he Qat arEmi r iAi rF or ce eas i l ycl ai mst he cr ownf ort he mos tunus ual col ours chemecar r i edbyaC17 ( Mi chaelCar t er )


Ref uel l i ngcompl et e,aC17f r om t he21ndAS / 60t hAMW dr opsawayf r om aKC1 car r i est heol ders t yl eT r avi sAF Bt ai l band ( Kevi nWi l l s )

T he21s tAi r l i f tSquadr on T he60t hAMW atT r avi sAF Bwasoneoft hel at er US AFuni t st or ecei vet heC17.I n2006,t he21s t AS' Beel i ner s 'conver t edf r om t heC5Gal ax yt o t heC17;i nt hepr oces sT r avi sAF Bbecamet he onl ybas et o be equi pped wi t ht he C17,C5 and KC10, a combi nat i on whi ch gi ves ex cept i onal f l ex i bi l i t yandcapabi l i t y. T he 21s tAS began l i f e ast he 21s tT r ans por t S quadr oni nMar ch1942,i nBr i s bane,Aus t r al i a. T he s quadr on s er ved wi t h di s t i nct i on i nt he Paci f i cT heat erdur i ng WWI I .When t he war ended,t he s quadr on s pentnear l y 50 year s s t at i oned atvar i ousl ocat i onsi n As i a,bef or e r et ur ni ngt ot heUSi n1993,wheni tconver t edon t ot heC5Gal ax yandbecamepar toft he60t h AMW andT eam T r avi s .


10f r om t hes amewi ng.T heai r cr af t

Nowadays ,t hes quadr oni sasbus yasever ,wi t h cr ew and ai r cr af t s uppor t i ng ongoi ng oper at i onsi n Af ghani s t an and al s o US f or ces depl oyed i nt he Paci f i c ar ea.L tColJ os eph Di ngmanas s umed command oft he 21s tASi n May2011.Hehadpr evi ous l yf l ownt heKC10at T r avi spr i ort o conver t i ng on t ot he C17 and j oi ni ng t he 14t h AS atChar l es t on AF B.He i s ent hus i as t i c aboutt he C17 and t he uni que oper at i onshi scr ewsar eabl et oper f or m.

" T her e’ sal ar ges wat het hatt heC17cover s .T he C17hasa uni que capabi l i t ybecaus ei t ’ snot onl ya s t r at egi c ai r l i f t er ,i t ’ s al s oa t act i cal ai r l i f t er .I t ’ ski ndofamor phoft heC5andC130 al l i none,s ot hat ’ st hegr eatcapabi l i t ywehave i nt heC17.Wecanf l yt hes amel egsasaC5, and al t hough we can’ tt ake qui t e asmuch car go,wecanal s ogeti nt os omeoft hemor e aus t er el ocat i onsl i keaC130can.


" We canf l yacr os sanyocean,t aki ng l ot sof car gof r om poi ntAt opoi ntB,butwecanal s o t ake t hat capabi l i t y and i ns t ead of j us t l andi ng ata bi g ai r por t ,l i ke F r ankf ur t ,f or ex ampl e,we cango i nt o anaus t er ef i el di n Af ghani s t an,ata hi gh pr es s ur e al t i t ude,do an as s aul tl andi ng on a di r ts t r i p,r api dl y of f l oadt hos et r oopsandcar goi nl es st han30 mi nut esandt akeof fi nl es st han3500f tofdi r t . S oi t ’ sar eal l yuni quecapabi l i t yt hatt heC17 has . " I nor dert oper f or mt hatmi s s i onandf ul l yt ake advant age of what t he ai r cr af t can do, commander ss uchasL tColDi ngmanr equi r e cr ew t r ai ned t ot he hi ghes ts t andar ds .New C17 avi at or sar et r ai ned atAl t usAF B,OK bef or e bei ng as s i gned t o oper at i onaluni t s s uchast he21s tAS . " T her e ar e cer t ai n bas est hr oughoutt he US wher et heys peci al i s eonai r dr opcapabi l i t yor s peci aloper at i onset c.T her e ar e di f f er ent bas est hathavedi f f er ents peci f i ccapabi l i t i es , butbyand l ar ge,al lC17pi l ot sand al lC17 s quadr onshave t he s ame bas i c capabi l i t i es and we ar et r ai ned t o a cer t ai ns t andar d. Ever yai r cr af tcommandert hatcomest ome i st r ai ned i n aer i alr ef uel l i ng,l owl evelf l yi ng and as s aul tl andi ngss ot hatt heycan l and wi t hi n3500f t . " Ir ecei vet hem ‘ capabl e’ ,butt heymaynot be ‘ pr of i ci ent ’pers e,s o my j ob her ei st o cont i nue t o t r ai n t hem and get t hem pr of i ci ent ,s o Ican pi ckany ofmy ai r cr af t commander sandt heyar ecapabl eofdoi ng any mi s s i on t hat we’ r e qual i f i ed f or , wor l dwi de.I nours quadr onwedon’ tdot he ai r dr opmi s s i on,butwecandoanyt hi ngf r om pr es i dent i alai r l i f ts uppor tt ot act i caldel i ver y ofcar goandt r oops . " Mai n &L ef t-S howi ngof ft het ops ur f aces ,t hi s 97t hAMW machi neget sputt hr oughi t spaces atRI AT2010( RobEdgcumbe) F arl ef t-AC17f r om t he21s tASs eenonf i nal s t oT r avi sAF B,wi t haC5Gal ax yf r om t he22nd ASonbas el egbehi nd ( PaulDunn)


Bal anci ng t he demands of oper at i onal depl oyment s and t r ai ni ng r equi r ement scan be chal l engi ng,wi t hs quadr on per s onnels pendi ng cons i der abl eamount soft i meawayf r om T r avi sAF B. " I ngener alt er ms ,5060% ofmyguysar e ont he r oad atanyone t i me, whet hert hey’ r edepl oyed oronmi s s i ons ,s oi tl eavesmet her emai nder who ar e athome t of l yl ocalt r ai ni ng and s t aypr of i ci ent ,t ake car e of admi ni s t r at i ves t uf fher eanddoaddi t i onal dut i esar oundt hebas e.

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ksovert her ampat hei mpos i ngbul kof et t ed agai ns tt he ulDunn)

al f orr unway21Rat e ai r cr af t ' s HUD ui dancedur i ngt he Dunn)


" Byandl ar ge,whenmyguysar eathomeandt hey f l yt r ai ni ng mi s s i ons ,we have s peci f i c pr of i l es .A s t andar dpr of i l ef oruswoul dbet akeof f ,godoai r r ef uel l i ng,dr op down i nt oal owl evelr out e,and t hengot oanas s aul tl andi ngs t r i p,s i mul at ecar go oper at i ons , and t hen do s ome pat t er n wor k, pr act i ce ouras s aul tl andi ngs ,maybe a coupl e of i ns t r ument appr oaches t o s t ay pr of i ci ent and cur r entandt hencal l i taday. " Ni ghtt i me s or t i esar e ver y di f f er entf orus .T he pr of i l esar et he s ame,butwe f l ywi t hNVGs( Ni ght Vi s i onGoggl es ) .Wedoas s aul tl andi ngs ,wedoour gr oundoper at i onsandwedoourl owl evel f l yi ngal l wi t hNVGsandweal s odoni ghtt i meai rr ef uel l i ng. " As you can i magi ne,i t ' s ver y demandi ng and chal l engi ng,t omai nt ai nahi ghs t andar di nal l t hos e t hi ngs . "

BEEL I NER10 GAM hadt heoppor t uni t yt ogetaf i r s t handl ookat qui t ehow chal l engi ngt hes emi s s i onsar ewhenwe j oi nedt hecr ew ofBEEL I NER10f orj us ts uchas or t i e overnor t her nCal i f or ni aandNevada. Ourmi s s i on t ooki n mos toft he event sdes cr i bed abovebyL tCol Di ngman,commenci ngwi t haer i al r ef uel l i ng t r ai ni ng overt he Paci f i c Ocean.T he t ankerwasa KC10Ex t ender ,al s of r om T r avi sAF B; one of t he benef i t s of havi ng t anker uni t s col ocat ed at t he s ame ai r f i el d i si ncr eas ed oppor t uni t i esf ormut ual t r ai ni ngs or t i es . " T heai rr ef uel l i ngcapabi l i t i esgetus edi nt r ai ni ngal l t he t i me,butwe don’ tus et hem on mi s s i onsas much aswe us ed t o,f orex ampl e,s t r ai ghtaf t er 911. " Oneoft het hi ngst hat911t aughtuswast hatwe neededmor ecapabi l i t y.Att het i me,wecoul donl y hol dabout181, 000l bsofgas ,whi chwas n’ tenough t ogetacr os st heAt l ant i cwi t haf ul ll oadofcar go, s ot hat ’ swhenwe gotourex t ended r ange t anks . Wedon’ taer i al r ef uel asmuchaswedi dt enyear s ago,butwes t i l l us ei tasani mpor t antcapabi l i t y. "

BEEL I NER10cl os esont h


t het anker .Not e,t heHUDsar es t oweddur i ngt her ef uel l i ngpr ocedur e( Al l i magest hi ss pr eadPaulDunn)


Above US AF ' sC agr ea f i t t i ng cr ewsa ont ank mi s s i on r ef uel l i n i spr act

Ri ghtcar r i ed s i mul at ( RobEd


e&L ef t-Wi t hmos toft he ' sC17snow abl et ocar r y at erf uel l oadduet ot he of l ong r ange t anks , sar enol ongers or el i ant nker st oaccompl i s ht hei r ns . However , ai r l l i ngi ss t i l l akeys ki l l whi ch ct i s edr egul ar l y.

-Much C17 t r ai ni ng i s d out us i ng t he f l i ght at or at T r avi s AF B Edgcumbe)

Mos toft heUS AFC17f l eeti snow equi ppedwi t h t he ex t ended r ange t anks , whi ch t akes t he ai r cr af t ' sf uel capaci t yt o245, 000l bs .Al l oft he21s t AS j et sar es o equi pped,gi vi ng t hem a much gr eat err anget hant heear l i erex ampl es .


Af t err ef uel l i ng,t henex ti t em ont heagendawasar a al owl evelr out et hr ough t he S i er r a Nevada moun abl et ous er ever s et hr us twhi l s tai r bor ne,butevenw i ss t i l l capabl eofi mpr es s i ver at esofdes cent .L ow f l y s ki l l f orC17pi l ot s ,asL tCol Di ngmanr el at es .

" Dependi ngont het hr eatenvi r onmentwegoi nt o,w 35, 000f t ,buti ft her e’ ss ome s or toft hr eati nt he des t i nat i on,we’ l l dr opdownpr i ort oi tandi ngr es sun 300f tof ft hegr ound,doat act i cal as s aul tar r i val ,of f t henegr es st hes ameway. "

T op -BEEL I NER10manoeuvr est hr ougha val l eyi nt mount ai nsdur i ng a t r ai ni ng mi s s i on.T act i call ow f of t en,i nor dert oal l ow C17cr ewst oevadegr ound

L ef t-T hever t i cal s peedi ndi cat or( VS I )r eads4420f p per f or msa t act i caldes centt ol ow l evel .T he ai r c much hi gherr at esofdes centby t he us e ofr ev ai r bor ne.Bot hi magesPaulDunn


r api ddes centt of l y unt ai ns .T he C17i s wi t houtdoi ngt hi si t f l yi ngi sanot herkey

wemi ghtf l yoverat e ar ea ar ound our nder neat hr adarat f f l oadourguysand

t heS i er r a Nevada f l yi ng i spr act i ced dbas edt hr eat s .

f pm asBEEL I NER10 r cr af ti scapabl e of ever s et hr us twhi l s t

Above -Eval uat orpi l otMajMat t hew Abel e demons t r at est he por t abl e movi ng map uni t car r i ed as an ai d t o s i t uat i onal awar enes s ( RobEdgcumbe) Bel ow -L ow f l yi ng i nt he C17i sa s ki l lr equi r i ng cons i der abl et eamwor k. Her e,t heai r cr af tcommanderf l i est heai r cr af twhi l ehi scopi l otas s i s t swi t h map r eadi ng and s ys t em s el ect i ons ,al l owi ng t he ai r cr af tcommandert o keep hi s eyes out s i de t he cockpi t and mai nt ai n a good l ookout ( RobEdgcumbe)


Cr ews pr act i s e t hi ss or t of f l yi ng whenever pos s i bl e,butneed t ot ake i nt o accountcer t ai n s af et y f act or s , es peci al l y dur i ng peacet i me t r ai ni ng.Bi r dsar e a maj orhaz ar d atl owl evel ; bef or e each l owl evelmi s s i on,a bi r df or ecas ti s obt ai ned,whi ch es t i mat es how much act i vi t y t her e wi l lbe on t he i nt ended r out e. I fi ti s ant i ci pat ed t hatbi r d act i vi t ywi l lbe hi gh,cr ews canr educet her i s kofa damagi ng bi r ds t r i keby f l yi ngatahi ghermi ni mum hei ghtandar educed max i mum s peed. T act i calappr oachesandas s aul tl andi ngsar ean i mpor t antpar toft r ai ni ng f orC17 cr ews .T he abi l i t yt ol andonunpr epar edl andi ngs t r i psi swhat s et s t he ai r cr af t apar t f r om Ai r Mobi l i t y Command' sot hers t r at egi cai r l i f t er s .I ti s ,however , an abi l i t y whi ch i scur r ent l y us ed r ar el y dur i ng oper at i ons . " T o be hones t , we’ ve been i n I r aq and Af ghani s t an f orl ong enough t hatwe have bui l t up s ome oft hos e pl acess o we’ r e notr egul ar l y l andi ngondi r tand beat i ngup t heai r cr af t .Af t er al l ,i t ’ sa $202m ai r cr af t ,whi ch we ar et r yi ng t o l ookaf t er . . . " We s t i l lneed t o pr act i s ei tt hough,we have a s mal ll andi ngz onecal l ed S choonver( par toft he Ar my' svas tF or tHunt er L i gget tcompl ex ) ,whi chi s about30mi nut ess out hofher eont hecoas t .We go t her e atl eas tonce a mont ht o pr act i s e wi t h t he Ar my and wi t h ourcont i ngency r es pons e wi ng,s oi t ’ sgoodt r ai ni ng. " I t ’ ss omet hi ng el s et o be i n an ai r cr af tl i ke t he C17and s ee gr as snex tt o you,and once you t ake of f ,t os ee t he bi l l owi ng ofdus t ;i t ’ sj us t i ncr edi bl e. " T of ur t heras s i s ti nt r ai ni ngcr ewsi nas s aul tl andi ngs , T r avi s AF Br ecent l y opened a ‘ l andi ng z one’ , al ongs i de t he t hr es hol d ofi t sr ecent l yr enovat ed Runway03R/ 21L .T he new paved l andi ng s t r i pi s 3500f tl ongand90f twi de,andwi l l al l ow C17( and i ndeedC130)cr ewsagr eatoppor t uni t yt ohone t hei rs ki l l swi t houthavi ng t of l ys ome di s t ance t o r eachanappr opr i at er unway.


As er i esofi magess howi ng t ypi calC17 ar r i val s and depar t ur es at Nel l i s AF B, Nevada, i ncl udi ng t he t r ademar k backdr oppr ovi dedbyS unr i s eMount ai n. T op&Mi ddl e-Kar lDr age;Above&Mai n -PaulF i l mer


AT r avi sbi r dappr oachesNel l i sAF Bf orar unandbr eaki nt ot hevi s ual ci r cui t( Chr

Bot t om r i ght-Vi ew t hr ought heC17' sHUD.Att het i meofi t si nt r oduct i on,t hepr ovi s i onofaHUDwasun ar ebecomi ngi ncr eas i ngl ycommont hes edays .T heHUDi sex t r emel yus ef ul f ort heC17' st act i cal ope

T heai r cr af tcommanderbr i ef st hecr ew ofBEEL I NER10bef or eanear l y mor ni ngt r ai ni ngmi s s i on ( PaulDunn)


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unus ual f oral ar geai r cr af t ,al t hought hey er at i ons .( PaulDunn)

I naddi t i ont of l yi ngt her ealai r cr af t ,mucht r ai ni ng i sper f or med i nt he C17 s i mul at oratT r avi sAF B. Even t hough t hi si nt er vi ew wasconduct ed when t hevas tmaj or i t yoft hepopul at i onhadnevereven hear dt he wor d' s eques t r at i on' ,bei ng f i nanci al l y awar e has been a maj or r equi r ement f or commander ss uch asL tColDi ngman f ors ome t i me. " S i mul at ordet ai l sar eabi gpar toft r ai ni ngf orcr ews and we’ r e t r yi ng t o i ncr eas e t hat .T her e’ sa f i s cal l ycons t r ai ned envi r onment whi ch ever y count r yi soper at i ng i nf ornow,whi chmeanswe havet owor ks mar tand f i gur eouta wayt okeep ourcr ewscur r entand s ave money and f uel ,s o we’ r et r yi ngt obes mar t erabouthow weut i l i s eour s i m. " Wecandoal mos tever yt hi ngi nt hes i m,buti t ’ snot t hes ame' s eatoft hepant s 't ypeoff l yi ng.Wear e t r yi ngt of i ndt hatf i nel i nebet weendoi ngwhatwe cani nt he s i m and s avi ng t he mi s s i onsf ort he j et . We’ r et r yi ng t ober es pons i bl ebuts t i l lbet hebes t pi l ot swecanbe. " T he des i r et os ave moneyand r es our cesex t ends event of l yi ng oper at i onalmi s s i ons .Wi t hf uelcos t s maki ng up a l ar ge pr opor t i on ofex pendi t ur e on f l yi ng oper at i ons ,t her ei sa need f ori ndi vi dual s quadr onsand t he Ai rF or ce asa whol et o be car ef ulabouthow andwher ei tr ef uel si t sai r cr af t , i nt hes amewayasai r l i neshaveoper at edf ors ome t i me. " AMC have t r i ed t o be r eal l ys mar t ,es peci al l yi n t he l as tf i ve year s ,on f uelef f i ci encyand s avi ng moneybecaus e ever yt hi ng we do cos t st he t ax payermoney.T hel i ght ert hatwef l yt hel owerour f uelcons umpt i on,s oi fwe t ankergast hr ough pl aces( i e car r y addi t i onalf ueloverand above t hatr equi r ed f ort he f l i ght-Ed)i t ’ sgoi ng t o be mor eex pens i ve,unl es si tcos t smor et ogeti tont he gr ound. " Byand l ar ge,i fwe have t o hi ta t ankerand ai r r ef uel ,t hat ’ sver yex pens i ve,s o we’ vet r i ed t o be s mar taboutwher e we’ r e goi ng t ot ake gasand whowe’ r egoi ngt ogeti tf r om.I fi t ’ st os aveal i f e, we’ l labs ol ut el y do i ti nas econd.I fwe can managet hatt hough,wewi l l ;par tofwhatwedoi s bei nggoods t ewar dsofournat i onal r es our ces . "


T heex

T hes e l i f es avi ng aer omedi cal evacuat i on mi s s i onsar eavi t al l yi mpor t antr ol et hati sf ul f i l l ed by C17 cr ews .Wi t h combatoper at i ons s t i l l bei ngconduct edi nAf ghani s t anandcas ual t i es s t i l lbei ng i ncur r ed,t her ei sa need f ori nj ur ed per s onnelt ober api dl yf l ownf r om t hecombat z one t os peci al i s thos pi t al s ,s uch asL ands t uhl Regi onal Medi cal Cent eri nGer many.

I ft hemi s s i oni snots ot i mes ens i t i ve,s t epscanbe t akent ot r yt or educet heamountoff uelus ed, and t her ef or et he cos toft he oper at i on.T he hel poft heT ankerAi r l i f tCont r olCent eratS cot t AF B,I l l i noi s ,i si nval uabl ei nas s i s t i ngC17ai r cr af t " T her e ar et i mes when we do aer omedi cal commander st opl ant hei rmi s s i ons . evacuat i ons ,wher e ourguyswi l lgetal er t ed f r om Rams t ei nAB,Ger many,t hey’ l lhavet of l y " T heyhel pusmanaget hemi s s i onandt r yt os t ay s t r ai ghti nt oBagr am,Af ghani s t an,pi ckupguys one s t ep ahead ofus .Of t en t i meswhen my whohavebeenhi tont hegr ound,andar ei na guysar e gi ven a mi s s i on,t hey’ l lbe t ol dt hat cr i t i cal phas eoft hei rl i f eandt hey' l l ai rr ef uel j us t whenyougett oBagr am,youguysar egoi ngt o af t ert akeof ff r om Bagr am s ot heydon’ thavet o t ake on 100, 000l bsoff ueland you have t wo s pendt het i meont hegr oundt oputongas . " hour sont hegr oundt odot hat . "


ex t r emel yr ar es i ghtofaUSAi rF or ceC17t ax yi ngoutatt henow def unctRAFCot t es mor e( Kar lDr age)

L i ke mos tAMC s quadr ons ,t he 21s tASi skept ex t r emel ybus ywi t h a combi nat i on oft r ai ni ng r equi r ement s , depl oyment s and oper at i onal mi s s i ons . Now and t hen, however , an ex cept i onaleventoccur swhi ch t akespr i or i t y. One s ucheventoccur r ed on12J anuar y2010, when a di s as t r ousear t hquake hi tt he i s l and of Hai t i .

I mmedi at el yani nt er nat i onalr el i efef f or ts pr ang i nt o act i on,wi t ht he f i r s tC17 t ol and i n Hai t i bei ngf r om t he21s tAS .T heai r cr af tcar r i edover 80, 000l bsofcar goand73pas s enger s ,i ncl udi ng as peci al i s tur ban s ear ch and r es cue t eam.I t wast hef i r s tofmanyr el i eff l i ght sconduct edby t hes quadr onandt heUS AFasawhol e.


Mai n-Member soft he21s tASgat herf oras quadr onphot ogr aph;t hephot o aspos s i bl ewer epr es entathomebas e.F ormuchoft heyear ,as i gni f i cantp orf l yi ngmi s s i onsar oundt hewor l d( PaulDunn)

L ef t- T he l as t dr egs o ( PaulF i l mer )


t os hootwasar r angedwhenasmanyper s onnel pr opor t i onoft hes quadr oni sf or war ddepl oyed

ofs unl i ght hi tt he under s i des oft hi s C17

" Whatwedo,notj us ti nt heC17,buti nAMC, i s t r ul y about mor e t han del i ver i ng war f i ght i ng capabi l i t y.I t ’ saboutdel i ver i ng hel p and t aki ng car e ofpeopl e ar ound t he wor l d,s ot her e’ ss o manyt hi ngst hatwe do t hatdon’ tal waysgetr epor t ed. " T aki ng car go and f i r s tr es ponder si nt o Hai t i , br i ngi ngevacueesoutandal l t hos edi f f er ent pi ecesal l goi nt owhat ’ sr eal l ycool aboutt he C17and T r avi s ,aswe can do ever ys i ngl e pi eceofi ther e.T hat ’ swhatmakesusuni que att hi sbas e. " Asauni t ,t he21s tAShasar eadi l yappar ent camar ader i e and f r i endl y at mos pher e.As pr evi ous l ys t at ed att he s t ar toft he ar t i cl e, ever yone we metdur i ng ourt i me wi t ht he s quadr on waskeen t o ent hus e aboutt hei r ai r cr af t .I npar t i cul ar ,L tCol Di ngmani scl ear l y amanwhoi sver ypr oudoft het eam t hathe l eads ,andt heai r cr af tt hathef l i es . " I nt er msofcapabi l i t i est her e’ snotmuch i t can’ tdo.I ti sj us taf unai r cr af tt of l yandi t ’ ss o capabl e.I t ’ sl i ke f l yi ng a l i t t l ef i ght erj et ,but i t ’ sabi gai r cr af t .I t ’ sgotas t i ck,HUD,youcan pul l Gsi ni t ,t her e’ sal l ki ndsofgr eats t uf f . " S o,af t eral lt hat ,i st her eanyt hi ng atal lt hat hewoul dchange? " Idon’ tknow t hatI ’ d change much about t heai r cr af t ,butI ’ dl i ket ohavemor eoft hem! Andmor epeopl eandpi l ot s ! "

Acknowl edgment s T he aut horwoul dl i ke t ot hankt he f ol l owi ng i ndi vi dual sf ort hei rhel p wi t h pr oduci ng t hi s ar t i cl e. F r om t he 21s t AS, L t ColJ os eph Di ngman ( CO)and L tJ ake Pr ui t t( Execut i ve Of f i cer ) ;MajMat t hew Abel eandt hecr ew of BEEL I NER10.I naddi t i on,CaptMel i s s aMi l ner , 1s tL tAngel aMar t i n,1s tL tKat i eCous i nsand SSgtPat r i ck Har r owerf r om t he 60t h AMW Publ i cAf f ai r sOf f i ce.


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uat ed 5. 6 mi l es t ot he Nor t h oft he ci t y ofS evas t opoli nt he ut hwes t er n cor ner of t he Aut onomous Republ i c Cr i mea, t he r ai ni anai rf or ce bas e atBel bekpl aysani mpor t antr ol ei nt he ai r f enceofUkr ai ne.Ni ckCr os sr epor t sf orGAM.I magesascr edi t ed.


T he bas e has a ci vi l i an and mi l i t ar y ar ea and doubl esas S evas t opol I nt er nat i onal Ai r por tal t houghbot hpar t sar e ent i r el ys epar at e. T heai r f i el dwascons t r uct edby J une1941wi t houtahar dened r unway but t hi s was added af t ert he warand i tr emai ned i nex cl us i ve us e byt he mi l i t ar y unt i l t he1980s . Af t erMi khai l Gor bachevcame t o power ,t he ai r f i el d was s i gni f i cant l y i ncr eas ed and i mpr oved asi twast obeus ed byhi m when t r avel l i ng t ot he pr es i dent i al dacha on t he s out her ncoas tofCr i mea,near F or os . Ci vi l i an movement s havebeenal l owedonandof f s i ncet hatt i me. T heRunwayi s9, 863f tl ongand cant akeanyai r cr af tal t hough mos toft heci vi l i anf l i ght sar eof t hebus i nes sj etvar i et ycar r yi ng peopl et ot hepopul arCr i mean r es or t snear by. I tl i esi na ver ys t r at egi c pl ace ont opofahi l lwi t ht hes eaon one s i de ( t her ei sa 60 met r e dr opatt heendoft her unway) ; onedowns i det ot hi si st hati ti s ver ywi ndyal otoft het i me.T he 23s hel t er son bas e wer e bui l t f orS u15s ;Mi G29swi l lf i ti nbut t he cl ear ance i ss o mi ni mal , t heyar enol ongerus ed. T he 62nd Mi x ed Avi at i on Regi mentwasf or med dur i ng t he per i od 1525 S ept ember 1941,undert he command of Col onel IVS har apov. T he combat body of t he Regi ment cons i s t ed of 12

Mi koyanGur evi ch Mi G3, 11 L avochki nGor bunovGudkov L aGG3and11Pet l yakovPe2; per s onnelcons i s t edof56f l i ght cr ew and134gr oundcr ew.

Dur i ngt heper i odofhos t i l i t i esi n def enceofCr i meai n1941( t hi s was dur i ng t he s i ege of S evas t opolwhen Ax i sf or ces f r om Ger many,Romani a,I t al y andBul gar i ai nvadedCr i mea) , T wo daysaf t ert he Regi ment t heRegi mentf l ew 855combat became act i ve on 28 s or t i esand 51gr oup bat t l es ,i n S ept ember1941i twasmoved whi ch 16enemyai r cr af twer e t oS akiai r f i el di n Cr i mea and s hot down. T he Regi ment t hen t ot he ai r f i el d atT akman des t r oyed26enemyai r cr af ton andj oi nedt heAi rF or ceoft he t hegr ound,about35t anks ,45 Cr i meanChor nomor s kyi f l eet . vehi cl es ,27gunsand a l ar ge


amountoft r oops .I nt hatt i me, t he Regi ment i t s el fs uf f er ed heavy l os s es-40% ofai r cr af t and25% ofper s onnel .

Navy) and woul dr emai ns o unt i l16 Mar ch 1960 when i t became 62nd F i ght erAvi at i on Regi ment PVO ( Ant i ai r cr af t Def ence) .

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Global Aviation Magazine - Issue 19  

Issue 19 of GAM includes articles on the Slovak Air Force, Opa-locka Executive Airport, Ala 15, JG 71's Phantoms, the Polish Aviation Museum...

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