A Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Orion scrapped & 2 more scheduled for disposal by end 2014,Defence confirmed.1st aircraft,A9-663,only aircraft in RAAF’s 19-strong fleet not upgraded under AP-3C program,scrapped October 20.All 19 Orions to be progressively drawn-down through to June 2019.Orion’s maritime intelligence,surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) capability scheduled to be replaced by mix of manned P-8A Poseidons & unmanned Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Tritons under AIR 7000 program.
Air show parking U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxies cargo aircraft aligned on a Westover, Mass. Air Reserve Base runway, to make room for air show aircraft this past August. The 2012 Great New England Air Show was the largest Westover has had since 1974, boasting more than 60 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Kelly Galloway)
4 Belgian Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Falcons have been patrolling & policing airspace of Estonia,Latvia & Lithuania.NATO members since 2004,Baltic States do not have air forces capable of enforcing their airspace.Every 4 months,a NATO partner assumes role of air policing, sending detachment & several fighters.Belgium has been present since September 2,2013,with 50 military personnel & 4 F-16 fighter-bombers.Based in Siauliai in northern Lithuania til Jan 3 2013.