A Night at the Saudi Air Force Museum

A set of photosd taken by Francois Sarkis at the Saudi Air Force Museum in Riyadh:

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A Royal Saudi Air Force Caproni Ca.100.

A Royal Saudi Air Force Caproni Ca.100.

A Royal Saudi Air Force Caproni Ca.100.

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A Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force de Havilland DH.9.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Westland Wapiti.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Westland Wapiti.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Westland Wapiti.

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The cockpit of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain used for VIP transport.

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The cockpit of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain used for VIP transport.

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A Douglas C-47 Skytrain used for VIP transport.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Hawker Hunter.

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Royal Saudi Air Force North American F-86 Sabre.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC Lightning F.53.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC Lightning F.53 Ferranti A.I.23 radar.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC Lightning F.53 de Havilland Firestreak air-to-air missile.

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Royal Saudi air Force Temco T-35 Buckaroo TE-1.

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Royal Saudi air Force Temco T-35 Buckaroo TE-1.

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Royal Saudi air Force de Havilland DH.100 Vampire. FB.52.

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Royal Saudi air Force de Havilland DH.100 Vampire. FB.52.

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Royal Saudi air Force Agusta-Bell 212.

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Royal Saudi air Force Agusta-Bell 212.

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Royal Saudi air Force Agusta-Bell 212 cockpit.

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Royal Saudi air Force Agusta-Bell 212 cockpit.

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Royal Saudi air Force Bell 206 JetRanger.

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Royal Saudi Air Force North American T-28A Trojan.

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Royal Saudi Air Force North American T-28A Trojan.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II.

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Royal Saudi Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk 80.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk 80.

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Royal Saudi Air Force BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk 80.

Royal Saudi Air Force BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk 80.

Royal Saudi Air Force Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star.

Photo Credits: François Sarkis/Elite Group Lebanon

Argonaut 2012

The Cypriot National Guard held from October 9 till October 12 for its fifth consecutive year the international exercise ARGONAUT 2012 in Larnaca area. Air, Sea and Land Forces from 11 countries including France, the UK, Germany, Greece and Lebanon participated in this exercise.

The exercise included the “ESTIA” Plan, which concerns the reception of civilians from a war zone in the Middle East. The exercise covered also issues concerning the entire range of asymmetric threats in the contemporary operational environment, such as confronting terrorist attacks, piracy, crisis management etc., which require the harmonious and effective civil – military cooperation.

A Cyprus Police AW139 hovering over the Cyprus Navy P03 Lieutenant Commander Elefteriou Tsomaki Fast Patrol Boat.

A Cyprus Police AW139 during the exercise.

The Cyprus Police AW139 during the exercise.

The Cyprus Police AW139 during the exercise.

Two Cyprus Air Command Mil Mi-35P Black Panther helicopters during the exercise.

 

 

Cyprus Police PV-24 Onisilos Fast Patrol Boat and Lebanese Navy Class 905 ‘Tabarja’ patrol boat and ‘Damour’ EDIC-III landing craft.

An RAF Bell Griffin HAR2 hovering over a Cyprus Navy fast patrol boat.

 

An RAF Bell Griffin HAR2 landing on the German Navy K130 Braunschweig class F261 Magdeburg corvette.

A Lebanese Air Force SA/IAR 330SM Puma during the exercise.

The Lebanese Navy ‘Damour’ EDIC-III landing craft during the exercise.

 

 

Source: www.mod.gov.cy

Photo Credits: Lebanese Army website & http://www.mod.gov.cy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel Rescue

On June 15, 2012, the Force Commander Reserve (FCR) conducted “Angel Rescue”, a medical evacuation exercise, involving all the medical units if the UNIFIL.

The scenario involved a platoon of the FCR lighting and Investigation squadron equipped with VBL light armored vehicles operating following the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) next to a vehicle.

After securing the area and alerting the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, the military rescued the wounded, before organizing their evacuation by ambulance and helicopter. A medical convoy, including two Belgian ambulance was sent to the site. The medical team took in charge the wounded and evacuated the most seriously ones by an Italian helicopter and took them to the UNIFIL hospital  in Naqoura. The other injured people were transported directly by road. The exercise ended when the doctors took care of the wounded.

Organized mainly by the FCR, the exercise “Rescue Angel” was used to evaluate the entire UNIFIL medical chain, operating procedures for intervention in case of incident, responsiveness and quality of communications between different actors. Also present were a delegation of nurses and doctors from a dozen contingents of UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

A BELUFIL Dingo II Ambulance MPPV getting ready to transport the injured

The injured transported onto the BELUFIL Dingo II Ambulance MPPV.

The seriously injured evacuated through ITALAIR UNIFIL AB-212.

Source: Ministère de la Defense

International Forces helicopters in Lebanon, July war 2006 (Part 2)

An Italian Marina AB-212 ASW on the deck of the Luigi Durand de la Penne destroyer

A rare shot of a Hellenic Navy AB-212 EW in low vis colours

A French ALAT SA.330Ba Puma on board of the Mistral BPC during Opération Baliste

A USMC CH-53E on its way to evacuate american citizens.

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Photo Credits: Samer Kassis