The US Air Force’s mission with the MC-12 Liberty in Afghanistan is over. The 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flew its last flight Oct. 1 at Bagram Air Field, the last of more than 40,000 combat missions and more than 200,000 hours of surveillance flights since 2009. The Army stood up Joint Task Force Thor at Bagram to take over the MC-12 mission from the Air Force.
The exercise "Southern Cross" is in full swing in New Caledonia. Since August 25, 2014, to September 5, the Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC) lead the biennial exercise "Southern Cross" in the islands of Lifou and Tiga, from the air base ( BA) 186-Tontouta Noumea. Here paratroops board an Armée de l'Air C-160 Transall tactical transport, workhorse of both French Air Force and German Luftwaffe for decades.
Any? USA - Air ForceMore: Hawker Beechcraft 350 King Air (C-12) More: Bagram (OAIX)More: Afghanistan, July 21, 2011 Remark Photographer 09-0625 An MC-12 assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Crows returns from another successful mission.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 - Royal International Air Tattoo 2014 - Polish Air Force Sukhoi Su-22M-4 "Fitter" attack fighter. Life extension programs mean the venerable Su-22 will serve on in Polish Air Force for at least another 10 years.
A Beechcraft MC-12 Liberty prepares to land at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Aug. 14, 2013. According to an ABC News report citing an unnamed defense official, an MC-12 crashed in Afghanistan on Friday killing three on board. Stephenie Wade/U.S. Air Force
Sources say Canadian special forces officials are interested in acquiring aircraft such as the US Air Force's MC-12W Liberty surveillance planes for their ISR capability. (Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmill / US Air Force)
Beechcraft MC-12 Liberty provided quick & effective solution to give troops more eyes in the sky,but Air Force will need fewer as it develops more sophisticated surveillance aircraft,top Pentagon official said.Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Air Force does not plan to keep all 42 of MC-12 it now has.The twin-prop Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350s fitted with surveillance sensors & aircrew of 4: 2 pilots, sensor operator & signals intelligence specialist.