Flights

Today

21 Nov 2021 -- There is a sudden and significant surge of C17s flying in from Germany and Rota -- some 'direct' from the US.
Nearly all appear or disappear East of Crete as they fly in or out of Africa.
At least 11 from Germany and 2 from Rota in Spain !
Let's hope there was at least a quatorzième, but what's up in Africa ?
HMS Queen Elizabeth was in the area and one of its F-35Bs crashed in the Mediterranean Sea !
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20 Nov 2021 -- HMS Queen Elizabeth is in the area and one of its F-35Bs crashed in the Mediterranean Sea !

25 Oct 2021 -- The Ovda 'mystery' is solved : Blue Flag 2021, "the largest and most advanced air exercise ever held in Israel".
Now attention appears to be focuced on Nothern Iraq and North-East Syria.

11 Oct 2021 -- There's something going on in Ovda.
There have been at least 16 -- sixteen -- USAF and NATO flights to/from Ovda in the last 6 days !

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11 Sep 2021 -- Everybody is pretty much back to their usual routines after the epic activity in Afghanistan.
Figured out the K35R Incirlik mystery, at least part of it.

31 Aug 2021 -- Afghanistan is so the yesterday for most even the day before yesterday. Everyone's back in Iraq : the RAF's 'Biggles' and their C130s. The US' BLKWF BACN flights and the K35Rs. Even Turkey's unrelenting Bayraktars, although they hardly left.
Catch of the Day : that confounding SINGA80 that keeps flying RMS-XJD.

25 Aug 2021 -- Trying different 'publishing' models in a largely invain attempt to keep up.
The interesting stuff 'live' and the bulk later.

10 Aug 2021 -- It looks like after yesterday's events all but the most essential USASF tanker missions are off.
Akrotiri also still looks pretty much closed for business.
Another day that sees a lot of missions scrapped. An Italian KC-767 from Kuwait appeared over Iraq apparently picking up some of the slack. It also looks like the MOJOs aren't on as tight a leash as the K35Rs.
Catch of the Day : despite the tanker situation, GRIMM Buffs flying over Afghanistan again.

09 Aug 2021 -- After 57-1439 from Incrilik declared an emergency and returned, another K35R, 63-7985 from Al Udeid Air Base also turned back shortly after taking off. Since then it looks like all but the most essential K35R missions stopped. The same appears to apply to the MOJOs, also tankers. In fact all tankers, including the C130s appear grounded.
Akrotiri appears to be on a similar regime as the USAF's tankers these last few days. No missions to Iraq. With the exception of the odd A400 to the Gulf, no traffic in or out.
No tankers is a serious operational problems it means a lot of missions scrapped.