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Aviation articles and Airshow reviews from the UK and Abroad
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Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower, or “The Mighty Ike”, has been conducting daily strike missions against so-called “Islamic State” in both Syria and Iraq, from both the Arabian Gulf with US Navy 5th Fleet and more recently from the Mediterranean Sea with US Navy 6th Fleet.

To achieve the end goal of projecting US Naval power anywhere on the globe, the USS Eisenhower relies on the teamwork, professionalism and commitment of over 5,000 sailors. Flying from NSA Souda Bay in Crete to join the ‘Ike’ shortly after the ship entered the Mediterranean, AeroResource present this second report on US Carrier Air Power. Details of the Eisenhower’s involvement with Operation INHERENT RESOLVE can be found in our first article.

http://aeroresource.co.uk/operational-reports/uss-eisenhower-aircraft-carrier-operations/

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Weighing in at a cool 95,000 tonnes, the Nimitz class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is the second of ten such vessels that form the cornerstone of United States Naval Aviation. The Nimitz-class carriers are the largest and most powerful warships in the world, and are constantly in demand across a wide spectrum of conflicts, in theatres around the globe. Typical of these demands is the recent coalition effort to defeat the threat of so-called “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq.

Deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE since June 2016, “The Mighty Ike” has been conducting daily strike missions against so-called Islamic State, from both the Arabian Gulf with US Navy 5th Fleet and more recently from the Mediterranean Sea with US Navy 6th Fleet. Flying from the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay in Crete, AeroResource joined the crew of the Ike shortly after the ship entered the Mediterranean.

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Two green discs in the dark and a deep humming noise – to many, these are the calling cards of the CV-22B Osprey departing or returning from another night sortie. But what do these elusive tilt rotors actually get up to on their nocturnal flights? Ben Montgomery joined the crew of a CV-22B from the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352nd Special Operations Wing over at RAF Mildenhall to find out more.

http://www.aeroresource.co.uk/articles/2015/flying-the-cv-22b-osprey-mildenhall/

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The 7th Special Operations Squadron, which forms part of the 352nd Special Operations Wing, based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk has been undergoing several changes over the past 12 months, in line with an increase in capabilities and duties for the 352ndSOW as a whole. Duncan Monk and Ben Montgomery summarise the changes and realignment of this Special Operations Command unit.

http://www.aeroresource.co.uk/articles/2015/352-special-operations-wing-stands-up/

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When the final flying Avro Vulcan B2, serial number XH558, landed at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Tuesday 23rd March 1993 very few expected to see this historic type grace the skies of Great Britain again. This Cold War giant was expected to spend its twilight years undertaking fast taxi runs down the runway at the site of the former RAF base. However, not known at the time, ‘The Delta Lady’ would become one of the most inspiring educational tools the UK aerospace industry has witnessed.  Now the aircraft is conducting what has been confirmed as the final display season, James Innes examines how 558 made its ground-breaking legislative journey from a ‘National Defender’ to a ‘National Icon’.

http://www.aeroresource.co.uk/articles/2015/vulcan-xh558-restoration-part-1/

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Located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego in North County California is the United States Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Covering more than 125,000 acres with both mountainous and coastal training environments, the base is home to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division and 1st Marine Logistic Group. For this article, AeroResource takes a closer look at one of the tenant units of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force: Marine Aircraft Group 39, and speaks with maintainers and aircrew from some of the subordinate commands.

http://www.aeroresource.co.uk/articles/2015/mcas-pendleton/
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