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Fulcrums At Malbork – a new era

The first former German MiG-29 Fulcrums are now flying at Malbork, as Marcin Przeworski reports

IT IS the morning of June 7, 2005, at Malbork air base, home of the 22 Baza Lotnicza (22. BLot — 22 Air Force Base) in the north of Poland. The scene is being set for the unveiling of the first MiG-29 Fulcrum for 41.ELT (Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego — Tactical Air Squadron). Slowly, a withdrawn two-seater MiG-21UM appears, followed by a few TS-11 Iskras (Spark), and finally — the highlight of the event — four freshly-painted MiG-29 Fulcrums.

The occasion was the day the unit

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Flying Visit.


Rich Goodwin is a former RAF Tornado GR.1 pilot who flew 21 operations in the first Gulf War.

Currently an airline pilot, he is also now flying G-EWIZ both on the air show calendar and for competition aerobatics. The aircraft is a Pitts Special S.2S that has been modified so extensively over the past few years that it is truly one of a kind in the UK — fulfilling Rich’s lifelong dream of flying a modified biplane on the UK circuit. He recently spoke to GARETH STRINGER about his aviation career

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First-time astronomers

Two novice stargazers tell us how they got on with their first attempt at astronomy.

Vixen BT81S-A

Tested by: Phil Davis

Cost: £999/$1,199


“When my friend first suggested I borrow his Vixen BT81S-A binocular telescope for my first astronomy attempt I was a little bit apprehensive. Having never even used a regular telescope before, this seemed like a bit of a leap into the fire, so to speak.

“Nonetheless, with his help I decided I would give it a go. We had a spare tripod mount hanging around so we attached the binocular scope on to it. The

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First W-3SP Anakonda delivered

DELIVERED ON APRIL 29, 1993 to the 103rd Pulk Lotniczy of the Polish Ministry of the Interior was the first PZL Swidnik W- 3SP Anakonda Special, serialled 510 (c/n 310510), a new sub-variant of the W- 3RM Anakonda search-and-rescue helicopter. Intended for service with shore- based units of the Border Guard, monitoring the Polish economic zone, budget problems have caused these plans to be delayed or cancelled. First flown on January 29, 1993, the W-3SP has a similar equipment fit to the W-3RM including Garmin GPS-100V, a French-made rescue hoist, six inflatable flotation bags for emergency water landings, a six-man

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First Upgraded Il-20 Completes Flight Testing

ILYUSHIN DIRECTOR-General Viktor Livanov announced on July 20 that flight-testing of the first upgraded Ilyushin Il-20 Coot-A electronic intelligence aircraft is complete.

He said the aircraft carries «new, more advanced radio-electronic equipment», but declined to provide details of the new equipment fit. Original equipment included a 26ft (7.9m)-long Igla-1 sideways-looking airborne radar pod under the forward fuselage, plus two A-87P panoramic cameras in the forward section and antennas for the Romb ELINT system in the rear of lateral fairings on the front fuselage. A series of large and small antennae under the fuselage are for the Kvadrat ELINT system —

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First Two Bahraini Hawks Delivered

THE FIRST batch of two Hawk Mk 129s for the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) left BAE Systems’ Warton Airfield, Lancashire, on October 13 at the start of their delivery flight. In addition to their full RBAF marking and serials, the two aircraft, 501/ ZK108 and 502/ZK109, retained their UK military test serials and temporary RAF roundels and fin flashes for the four-day ferry flight.

They touched down at Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain, at 1600hrs on October 17 and were received on arrival by Brigadier Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, the Commander of the RBAF, along with the RBAF

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First time astronomers

We let two novice stargazers loose on our telescopes to see how they got on.

Celestron NexStar 4SE

Tested by: Steven Litton

Cost: £479/$499


“The Celestron NexStar 4SE telescope is well packaged and quick and easy to assemble. It looks very modern and professional with its orange barrel and chrome tripod. The tripod is solid, sturdy and easy to adjust in height with the quick release screws. The instructions are clear and I had the telescope set up in less than 30 minutes. It needs eight AA batteries for the main motor and a CR2032 battery for the

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First Ten SAAF Hawks Enter Service

MOSIUOA LEKOTA, South Africa’s Defence Minister, officially re-opened the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) 85 Combat Flying School (85 CFS) at Air Force Base (AFB) Makhado on October 19. The first ten SAAF Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter trainers for the SAAF were officially handed over at the same time. The unit, the SAAF’s only fighter pilot training squadron, had closed down last year to await the arrival of the Hawks after moving from AFB Hoedspruit to Makhado. The first Hawk was delivered to Makhado in September 2005 for initial ground crew familiarisation and training (see First SAAF Hawk Delivery,

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First Omani F-16 Flies

LOCKHEED MARTIN flew the first F-16 for Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), the first two-seat F-16D Block 50, 801 (c/n TQ-1, USAF/02-2123), from Fort Worth, Texas, on July 8. Under the Peace A’sama A’safiya (Clear Skies) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the RAFO is acquiring a total of 12 F-16C/D Block 50+ aircraft, comprising eight F-16Cs with c/ns TP-1 to TP-8 (USAF serials 02-2115 to 02-2122) and four F-16Ds, TQ-1 to TQ-4 (USAF/02-2123 to 02-2126). Apart from the first aircraft seen at Fort Worth, 801 (which takes up a serial previously used on a Hunter 1.66), RAFO serials for

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First Oman Lynn Deliveries

AGUSTA WESTLAND has now completed five of the 16 Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) Super Lynx 300 Mk 120s that were ordered under a contract signed on January 19, 2002. The first RAFO Super Lynx, 757/ZJ971, made its first flight at Yeovil on October 25, 2003, and together with the second and third examples, it was loaded onto an An-124 at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, on June 23. They arrived in Oman the following day. Details of equipment fit have not been revealed, although the helicopters are believed to have an Avitronics electronic warfare suite.

In addition, CAE announced on

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