Air Forces and Aviation in Covid-19 times

Since the first months of this year, the whole World has been struggling against a global pandemic that has changed our way of life a lot.

The entire global economy is suffering the consequences and all over the world struggle to fight this virus.
Many aeronautical industries have had to stop or decrease their work for the safety of their staff and for the economic crisis of their customers.

World aviation has suffered a collapse in flights and operations that has left the airspace with a few scheduled flights and many medical cargo flights, with the transformation of many civilian planes into transport of medical material.

On the military side, various air forces have generally had to modify their plans to help their respective populations, while military industrial production has continued its work where possible to guarantee technical support and supplies to the military air forces engaged in the fight against Covid.

Aeronautica Militare AW HH-101A "Caesar - 15° Stormo“SAR”

Coronavirus: Bio-Containment Transport of Italian Air Force Helicopter
Aeronautica Militare AW HH-101A “Caesar – 15° Stormo“SAR”

©️Aeronautica Militare Italiana

During these months many world air forces have reduced their training commitments and have dedicated themselves to medical aid, the intense traffic of military transport aircraft that we have seen on radars is proof of this. A support for civil cargo transport necessary and supported by the high capabilities of military personnel in the management of this type of emergency.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 emergency is not over yet and it will be a long way until a solution will be found to help us return to normal.
Nations are slowly being reactivated in which the intense work of governments and especially of health structures is reducing the incisiveness of the virus, in particular the reactivation of industrial production to restore lymph to the finances of states and populations.
Frecce Tricolori - Italian Air Force Acrobatic Team

Frecce Tricolori – Italian Air Force Acrobatic Team flight over the Altare della Patria in Rome, on the Republic Day, 2nd june 2020.
Photo: Aeronautica Militare – ©️Aeronautica Militare Italiana

An important sign of the restart comes from Italy, the FACO of Cameri (TO) which after a reduction in operations, has resumed production operations to 100% since the end of March, and from mid-June 2020 also the Test flights, of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

 F-35A Koninklijke Luchtmacht

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II F-012 Royal Netherlands Air Force-Koninklijke Luchtmacht

Photo: Lidie Berendsen – ©️Lidie Berendsen

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which has more than 530 aircraft delivered to the nations that have purchased it, sees a slowdown in development by the manufacturer due to the lack of components from suppliers, but can count in a efficient work in that of Cameri where these days two other F-35A, entirely produced in Italy and destined for the Royal Netherlands Air Force-Koninklijke Luchtmacht, are being tested.

F-35 Facts
© Lockheed Martin Corporation

It is a difficult time, but we are slowly taking the exit.
Life will resume normal flow and with a different consciousness.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

BSA Staff


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