The RAF's 12 Squadron flew a rare five-ship on Tuesday, October 11 from its home base of RAF Marham. These days four-ships of Tornados are quite rare - never mind a five-ship. The first of the formation to depart left as a singleton with the remaining four leaving together and are shown in a photo on the runway. The main photo shows the five aircraft returning to RAF Marham. Photos: Dino Carrara
Azores Airlines plans to update both its short-haul and transatlantic fleets and is expecting to operate six new Airbus A321neos – including four of the longer-range A321LRs. The aircraft are being obtained under a lease deal signed with US-based Air Lease Corporation. The CFM Leap 1A-powered jets will be delivered from late 2017 until early 2021.
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 61-007 is returning to active service after 19 months of overhaul work at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The aircraft, which has been named ‘Ghost Rider’, had been in external storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and will join the USAF’s 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, North Dakota.
Ghost Rider is the first B-52H to ever be regenerated from long-term storage with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, and returned to fully operational flying status.