Aviakon. The Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant

KONOTOP IS a former Soviet Air Force base, located 2 1 /2 miles (5 km) west of the small town with the same name in the Sumy Region of northwest Ukraine.

During the years of the Cold War it was one of the many Soviet Air Force training bases, home to the 105 Uchebnyy Aviatsionnyy Polk (UAP, aviation training regiment) with an inventory of over 100 Aero L-39 Albatros advanced training aircraft. After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1992 the regiment was disbanded and many of the L-39s were withdrawn from service and left in open storage or

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BILLED AS ONE of the premier aerospace spectaculars in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian International Airshow 99 took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from February 16 to 21, 1999.

This was the fourth time that AirShows DownUnder, a division of the Aerospace Foundation of Australia Limited, has staged the event. And the Foundation’s chief executive Ian Honnery announced that after successful negotiations with the Victoria State Government at least three more biennial airshows would be held at Avalon, scheduled for 2001, 2003 and 2005. The event is now highly regarded as a major public entertainment spectacle and a valuable showcase

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Australian International Airs how, Avalon Airport near Melbourne

A report by Lon Nordeen

DESPITE THE HIGHEST temperatures for 100 years, strong winds which knocked over some aircraft and curtailed the flying demonstrations, plus the absence of the promised Russian fighter participation, the third annual Australian International Airshow held between February 18 and 23 was highlighted by exciting flying and a static display of more than 75 military and civil aircraft. Avalon Airport is the home of Boeing Australia (formerly the Government Aircraft Factory) which is where the Royal Australian Air Force fleet of F/A-18 Hornets was assembled in the 1980s and hundreds of other aircraft have been produced

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Australia to purchase F-111Gs

AUSTRALIA HAS FORMALLY requested Congressional approval through the US DoD for purchase of 15 surplus USAF F-111G aircraft as part of a $110 million sale which includes 12 spare engines and logistics support. Four of the aircraft have already been moved to McClellan AFB, California, for preparation, but the remainder are still in USAF service in the training role with the 27th FW/428th FTS at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The F-111G is now being supplanted by the F-111E in the training role, making all 30 examples of the variant, a conversion of the FB111A, redundant.

The aircraft will join 18

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Atlas ACE crash-landing

THE ATLAS ACE Turboprop trainer prototype ZU-AHE lost pitch altitude control during a test flight to evaluate a new avionics installation on February 14 at 1705hrs local time. Pilot Bob Masson carried out controllability tests at altitude, and found that sufficient control via power and flap adjustments was available to attempt a landing at Jan Smuts Airport. Crew ejection was considered as a last option — it was decided instead to make a wheels-up landing owing to concerns about the controllability of the aircraft during landing gear extension. A belly landing was also considered safer at the required high approach

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Ass and Trash haulers

OPERATION DESERT SHIELD in the last quarter of 1990 was a graphic reminder of one of the basic essentials of war; «getting there firstest with the mostest», as Andrew Jackson pithily put it. The tremendously rapid build-up of force halfway across the world, from the country which supplied the majority of it, can be regarded as decisive. In terms of size, speed, and distance, it was unparalleled in the entire history of warfare, and one day, when the definitive history of the Gulf War is written, air logistics will be acknowledged as the foundation of victory.

Once the shooting starts,

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Argentine Skyhawk news.

IN 1994 Lockheed Martin and 33 subcontractors began a programme to supply an undisclosed number of TA-4J Skyhawks to the Argentine Air Force.

Two aircraft were overhauled and brought up to the required specification and got as far as flight trials in America. These aircraft were drawn from retired examples from Training Wing One at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.

However a number of problems arose, the largest of which appears to have been with the engines which required extensive work to bring them up to scratch. Argentina even attempted to acquire replacement engines from Israel, though this seems to

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Another Sale To Bolivia Abandoned

INTEREST BY the Fuerza Aerea Boliviana (FAB — Bolivian Air Force) in acquiring 12 Lockheed Martin Aircraft Argentina SA (LMAASA) AT-63 Pampa jet trainer/light attack aircraft led to the type being demonstrated in Bolivia recently. The aircraft used, early production Argentine Air Force IA.63 Pampa E-806 from IV Brigada Aerea/Gmpo Aereo 4 de Caza/Escuadron II at BAM El Plumerillo, Mendoza, was supported by an Argentine Air Force F27 for the deployment to Bolivia. It was evaluated on May 31 at Brigada Aerea III’s base at Base Aerea El Trompillo, Santa Cruz, home of Grupo Aereo de Caza 32, which operates

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Another milestone.

On Wednesday, July 7, 1999, the first production Dassault Aviation Rafale M for the French Naval Aviation (Aeronavale) made its maiden flight from the Dassault assembly plant in Bordeaux-Merignac, in the south-west of France. This flight, part of a comprehensive acceptance programme, was carried out by Dassault’s Chief Test Pilot in Merignac, Philippe Deleume, a graduate of the prestigious Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down. The sortie lasted 1 hr 20 min and included a supersonic phase at a maximum speed of Mach 1.2, a climb to a maximum altitude of 50,000ft (15,240m) and manoeuvres at -3/+7.5 G. Low-speed

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Another A-37 Incident — But Not Deadly

HAVING READ your article Idyllic But Deadly (October, p36-39) about the A-37s based at Piura in Peru, and the sad loss of the two A-37 pilots killed en route to Exercise Cruzex, your readers might be interested to hear of an incident that took place recently at Durazno, in Uruguay.

On October 18 this year, at the Durazno-based Brigada Aerea 2 (Air Brigade 2) (110 miles [189km] north of Montevideo) a Uruguayan Air Force (FAU) A-37B Dragonfly FAU 282 (c/n 43267 ex USAF 69-6422) started to veer out of control as it moved along the taxiway. The pilots were forced

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