US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
Pictured are two US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Multi-Mission Helicopters at Kandahar Airfield in 2010.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
The primary mission of the Blackhawk helicopter is as a troop carrier and logistical support aircraft, but in addition the helicopter can be configured to carry out medical evacuation, command-and-control, search-and-rescue, armed escort, electronic warfare and executive transport missions.
Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar Provence in Afghanistan was used by the RAF for combat operations from 2001 to 2014.
Part of Kandahar Airfield was known as RAF Kandahar, It operated RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps aircraft and was one end of the "Air Bridge" that started inRAF Brize Norton in the UK.
All otherISAFairborne forces were also based there.
Kandahar International Airport as it was called originally is located some 10 miles South-East of the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan.
It is the country's second international airport and one of its biggest military bases, it has the space for over two hundred military aircraft
Simulator of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet
Flight simulator. View of the flight deck of a modern flight simulator. This is an exact replica of the flight deck of a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet'. All of the controls and instruments work exactly as on the real aircraft. A computer generated vision system can show almost any airport (here it is runway 28 Left at London Heathrow). The simulator is mounted on hydraulic legs that work with the vision system to replicate the forces felt by pilots during flight, including acceleration and braking as well as urning and vertical forces. The simulator is used to train pilots to fly the aircraft, to practice emergency situations and to conduct twice-yearly proficiency checks. Photographed courtesy of British Airways Flight Training
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Artwork of Leonardo da Vincis flying machine
Flying machine. Historical artwork of a flying machine designed and drawn by the Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Its four wings were to be driven by the muscular power of the pilot. Leonardo devoted many years of research into studying flight and designing potential aircraft. His notes are in the mirror hand-writing which he used to keep his work secret. This is from Manuscript B in the Institut de France
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