Our final report from Cyprus is now online! On the 8th of November 2021, we kicked off our tour of Cyprus with a visit to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the Argentinian Air Force Flight Unit located at the abandoned Nicosia Airport within the Buffer Zone. One might wonder, what... Continue Reading →
Yesterday afternoon, the sole Cessna 560XL Citation Excel belonging to the Swiss Air Force visited LMML for a night stop. This airframe previously used to belong to a civilian operator with registration 'HB-VAA'. In January 2005, the aircraft was given its military designation of 'T-784'. It has a range of around 3000 km with a... Continue Reading →
Earlier this afternoon, two Israeli Air Force Gulfstream Aerospace G-V Gulfstream V Shavit aircraft, serials '684' and '676' visited LMML to conduct two touch and go's and two missed approaches respectively. The Gulfstream V 'Nachshon Shavit' is used as an airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) platform. It type was ordered in November 2001. and delivered by... Continue Reading →
Last October, MAR was invited to spend 3 days at Skopje Petrovec Airbase, home to the entire fleet of North Macedonia's Air Force consisting of Mi-8s, Mi-17s, Mi-24s, Zlin 242s, and the Bell 206 Jet Ranger III. One can find a detailed report about the Air Force and all our activities on base here, which... Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, a French Air Force C-160 Transall visited LMML for a night stop. It departed yesterday morning back to LFMP (Perpignan). The C-160 is a military transport aircraft, produced through a joint venture between France and Germany. "Transall" is an abbreviation of the manufacturing consortium Transporter Allianz, comprising the companies of MBB, Aerospatiale,... Continue Reading →
This afternoon, a Royal Norwegian Air Force C-130J-30 Hercules visited LMML on a training flight. The aircraft is one of four active aircraft belonging to 335 Squadron based at Gardermoen Air Station, 50km north of Oslo. It sports the name Frøya on its port side, which according to Norwegian mythology was the Goddess of Love... Continue Reading →
Last September MAR was invited to visit Sigonella Air Naval Station, mainly to cover the operations of 41° Stormo and 61° Gruppo Volo. You can read more about this visit by clicking on the following link: Naval Air Station Sigonella .
A detailed yet short and very informative read from our visit recent visit to Gando and Lanzarote Air Base is now Online. Apart from covering the daily flying activities, MAR was also invited to the EART 2021 Media Day with the opportunity to fly in the back of a Spanish Air Force A400M to photograph... Continue Reading →
Today, 4 November 2021 marks the ATR's 40-year anniversary, celebrating the milestones achieved in the regional aviation sector by the company over the past four decades. ATR is exploiting this milestone to look to the future, as it continues to incorporate innovative and sustainable technologies into its aircraft. On this day in 1981, ATR’s founding... Continue Reading →
In addition to the Dash 8 belonging to the French Civil Security, last Friday afternoon one of our team members spotted a French Air Force A400M "F-RBAA" (0007) at Toulouse Francazal Airport (LFBF). This aircraft was performing low-level training at a nearby training range, North West of the airfield with callsign "CARVEX48". The French Air... Continue Reading →
Last Friday afternoon, a French Securite Civile Dash 8-Q400MR with registration "F-ZBMC" arrived in Toulouse Blagnac Airport as "MILAN73". The aircraft arrived from Nimes Airport (LFTW) and departed after a few minutes to its home base Marseille Airport (LFML). The designation "MR" means Multi-Role since they combine the possibility of transporting passengers, freight and that of fire... Continue Reading →
This afternoon a Spanish Air Force CASA C-295M 'T.21-09' was spotted departing LMML to Libya after a night stop. The CASA C-295 first flew in 1997 and entered service with the Spanish Air Force three years later. Spain operates a fleet of 12 CASAs with Esc. 353 of Ala 35 based at Getafe Air Base.
Earlier this afternoon, an Aeronautica Militare Agusta-Westland HH-139B ‘MM82013’ landed in Malta. The aircraft will stay in LMML for a number of days, whereby it will perform a series of exercise with the Armed Forces of Malta in order to learn from each other and strengthen the ties between both countries. In December, 2020 the... Continue Reading →
Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force A330-243MRTT 'T-057' seen in Malta yesterday afternoon for navigational training. The full MMF fleet will consist of nine Multi-role tanker transport aircraft able to provide strategic transport, air-to-air refueling and medical evacuation capabilities to its six participating nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic,... Continue Reading →
Royal Thai Army Airbus Defence C-295W '16150' routed through Malta today whilst on transit for heavy maintenance in Sevilla. ‘16150’ was last seen transiting through Malta on delivery on the 26th of July 2016. The RTA currently operate 2x C-295W serials '16150' and '19160'. The C295W is the latest variant of the C295 military transport... Continue Reading →