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rockaviationimages Morning departure for this Chinook. Stayed overnight, and was heading west. This CH-47F was accepted by the US Army in November 2010. This is the newest version of the CH-47, and has become a popular choice world wide, with Boeing fulfilling contracts for the Netherlands, Canada, Britain and Australia.
The first US Army CH-47A entered service in August 1992. Fully equipped it had a gross weight of 33,000 lbs. Compare that with today's CH-47F at 50,000 lbs. Later came the B-model, C-model and D-model. Then in 2001, the first CH-47F made it first maiden flight. It was a heavily upgraded D-model. The first production F-model was rolled out in June 2006, and made its first flight that October. Boeing had provided 48 CH-47Fs to the US Army by August 2008, when it was announced that they had secured a contract to provide 191 more Chinooks for the Army.
The F-models units have certainly proven their worth. They have accumulated more than 86,000 hours in Afghanistan and maintained an operational readiness rate of more than 80%. #avgeek #aviationphotography #military #aviation #helicopter #avporn #avpics #planepics #planeporn #rotor #armyaviation #USArmy #Boeing #CH47 #Chinook #CH47F #littlerock #adamsfield #KLIT #LITairport #Arkansas #helicopternation #Nikon #instagramaviation #instaaviation #instaplane #AvGeekSchoolOfKnowledge #0708746
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rockaviationimages "Fritz" taxis to the terminal after an afternoon arrival on runway 4R at Little Rock. N921FR joined the Frontier fleet in September 2003 and is leased from Macquarie AirFinance. Frontier currently operates a fleet of 56 aircraft, all being Airbus A319 and A320 (with a few still to be delivered). They recently retired the last of their A318 aircraft.
The airline currently has orders placed for Airbus A321 aircraft, of which the registrations will begin with the digit '7'. These aircraft should begin entering the fleet any day now. The airline also has sizeable orders placed for new A319neo and A320neo aircraft.

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reinboltusa Huge congrats to Luke on his first solo flight! It's been such a privilege to take him from his first flight to his first solo! #solo #DA20 #KLIT #4M3 #sk8boardonthewing #lifeofaflightinstructor 1d
  •   jlclark78 So, let me get this straight...you race bobsleds, AND fly airplanes?? Wow, you are cool! 1d

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rockaviationimages This Turbine Otter stopped for an overnight at Little Rock, while on its way back to Alaska. It had been doing seasonal work around Key West. This bird belongs to Promech Air out of Ketchikan, Alaska.
N435B was originally built in 1956 as an DHC-3 Otter, a single-engine STOL aircraft very popular in the Alaskan wilderness for charter work and flightseeing tours. The aircraft was later modified and turned into a DHC-3-T Turbine Otter when a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop was fitted, replacing the original P&W R-1340 Wasp 9-cylinder radial engine.
Slightly larger than the DHC-2 Beaver, the DHC-3 was developed from the Beaver and was originally called the "King Beaver", since it could perform the same roles as the Beaver, only in a larger size. Later on, the Otter served as the basis for the very successful DHC-6 Twin Otter.
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steffen_kjaer På septembertur i #lyng #klit og friske vinde ved #vesterhavet 2d

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rockaviationimages Penquin One makes its inaugural arrival to Little Rock, September 2013. This is N280WN, a Boeing 737-700 that is now painted in the Missouri One scheme. This aircraft joined the Southwest Airlines fleet in June 2007, wearing the Canyon Blue livery. It was repainted in the Penquin One livery in June 2013, then repainted in the Missouri One livery in April 2015 after all the bad publicity SeaWorld received. In a nutshell, this aircraft had three different paint schemes just within two years.
The Penquin One livery was to commemorate the 25th year of Southwest Airlines' partnership with SeaWorld. Unfortunately, and fortunately, that partnership didn't last very long afterwards.
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rockaviationimages This cargo bird is a DC-9-33RC that belongs to Aeronaves TSM, an airline company that is based in Saltillo, Mexico. The company has a pretty diverse fleet, and operates cargo and charter flights. This particular aircraft is XA-DHL, as the nose gear shows, despite the engine plug displaying another registration (URM). She sat for several days on the ramp here at Little Rock, accruing ramp fees before she gained her next assignment.

This DC-9 is closing in on 50 years of service. Delivered in May 1968, this aircraft began its career with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and carried the name "City of Oslo". It carried passengers for 21 years before being sold to Evergreen International and being converted for cargo capability. The aircraft also flew for the companies IPEC Aviation and Independent Air Freighters before finally being taken up by Aeronaves TSM in 2011.

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rockaviationimages An American Eagle CRJ-700 approaches its gate at KLIT. American Airlines was actually the first airline to serve Little Rock, when the first commercial flight landed here at the airport in June 1931 as American Airways. The airport opened in 1917 as the Little Rock Intermediate Air Depot, operated by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Adams Field is named for Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, who was killed in the line of duty by a propeller assembly explosion on September 4, 1937. Capt. Adams was a huge advocate for the airfield, and served on the Little Rock City Council from 1927 to 1937, and was also the chairman of the Airport Committee of the city council.
The airfield and tower are referred to as "Adams" through all ATC communication and navigation, while "Little Rock" actually refers to the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.
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rockaviationimages A C-130H lifts off after sunset from KLIT runway 22R after a touch-and-go. The red stripe on the tail with "THE ROCK" denotes this aircraft belongs to the 50th Airlift Squadron "Red Devils". The 50th AS is one of several operational squadrons assigned to Air Mobility Command's 19th Airlift Wing of Little Rock AFB. The 50th was activated in 1942 and performed in a number of WWII operations flying the C-47 Skytrain, including dropping paratroopers and towing gliders over Normandy on D-Day on 6 June, 1944. After the war they were subsequently deactivated in 1946.
In 1949 they were reactivated under Tactical Airlift COMMAND (TAC) flying the C-82 Packet. They participated in the Korean War, flying and paradropping personnel and supplies between Korea and Japan. After the armistice they were once again deactivated in 1954.
In 1957 the unit was reactivated by TAC and one of the first unit's assigned the new C-130 Hercules. Still flying the type to this day, they have participated in the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and a number of humanitarian missions. The unit spent much of their history assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing (also of LRAFB) while flying the Herk, until being placed under the 19th Airlift Wing a few years ago.
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rockaviationimages A rare-visitor to Little Rock, an MD-90 blasts its IAE V2500 engines as it begins its takeoff roll and departure back to the ATL on runway 4L. N935DN was built in 1996, and actually began its career with SAS Scandanavian Airlines. After 10 years, it was leased to Hello, a Swiss charter airline. In 2011, Delta Airlines, in an effort to bolster their MD-90 fleet, began leasing it from SAS.

Launched in 1989 by McDonnell Douglas, the MD-90 is basically an updated MD-88 with new engines and an Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS). As a result of the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, only 116 were built, as it competed with the 737. Currently, Delta is the largest operator of the type, with 65 active, and the majority of them acquired second-hand. Which is ironic, considering after the merger, Delta cancelled their remaining 19 orders for the MD-90, in favor of the Boeing 737-800.
Interesting fact: more MD-95's (Boeing 717) were produced than MD-90s.

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rockaviationimages A 1979-model KC-10A Extender (and one of the first airframes), stopping in at Little Rock for an overnight stay. Apparently they had come from overseas, as they had a quick customs inspection after their arrival.

The KC-10 came as a result of the Advanced Tanker Cargo Aircraft Program in 1975. The idea was to supplement the KC-135 fleet as USAF was worried that it could not meet global needs on its own. Competitors included the Lockeed C-5 (could you imagine a KC-5?), the Boeing 747, the Lockheed L-1011 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF. In the end it came down to Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, and the KC-10 was chosen, with one of the primary reasons being its ability to perform from shorter runways. 60 KC-10's were ordered, with 59 still in service today. One KC-10 experienced an explosion and fire in September 1987 while undergoing maintenance at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. It was significantly damaged and written-off.

The KC-10's immediate advantage is that it already has a hose and drogue refueling system built-in, as well as its boom, so it can readily supply all USAF, USN and USMC aircraft as well as allied nations' aircraft. In this photo, you can see both. The hose-and-drogue deployment unit is located right next to the base of the boom here on the starboard side. It looks like a pipe sticking out. Behind both you can see the boom operators station. Just to note, the KC-135 can add hose-and-drogue to the wings if required. Today, KC-10's are based at McGuire AFB (JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst), New Jersey and at Travis AFB, California.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) operates a similar platform, with their two KDC-10's. These are former DC-10-30CF's that were acquired from Martinair in 1992. In addition, the civilian company Omega Air Refueling Services offers a converted DC-10-40 as a KDC-10 for contract or lease.
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  •   ryguyaviation @rockaviationimages Did you know, Douglas had actually fibbed on their numbers for the contract for the KC-10? The L-1011 was actually the favorite for the Air Force but the contract had already gone through with the incorrect numbers on the KC-10. Hence why the RAF went for the Tristar. Random fact for the day. Cheers! 23h
  •   rockaviationimages That's pretty interesting @ryguyaviation, I didn't know that. Thanks for that random fact! 14h

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_n_e_r_s_ Flexer life I blokhus med familien Bjørn ! #blokhus #klit 7d

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