Aircraft for special purposes

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Omega Aerial Refueling Systems Inc.


Omega Aerial Refueling Systems is the world's first commercial company providing air to air refuelling services for aircraft. Omega tanker planes are remodelled Boeing 707 planes, now called KC-707 and old Douglas DC-10 planes, now called KDC-10. Omega's customers are US army and US Navy air forces as well as partnering countries' air forces, but Omega is not part of the army, but a commercial enterprise performing a pay by the hour service. Some of Omega's aircraft can fly 1200 hours without landing.
This is an Omega KDC-10 tanker, a former Mc Donnel Douglas DC-10, now heavily rebuilt. Here they are used in air to air tanking exercises of for example Finnish Air Force F/A-18 fighter planes and in Nato's air strike exercises.
Picture from Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland 12.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Another view of the Omega tanker KDC-10 registered as N974VV.
Picture from Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland 12.5.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Former Soviet agricultural aircraft


Antonov An-2 is a Soviet mass-produced single-engine biplane utility/agricultural aircraft designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau beginning in 1946. Its remarkable durability, high lifting power, and ability to take off and land from poor runways have given it a long service life. The An-2 was produced up to 2001 and remains in service with military and civilian operators around the world. (Text from Wikipedia)
Picture from Skopje, Macedonia 28.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Aerial survey and photography


This is a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo, register LN-NPZ owned by Blom Geomatics. The company says it is used for aerial survey and photos. The company has three similar Navajos.
Picture from Trondheim Værnes airport in Norway 20.10.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Ambulance planes


This Beech King Air B200 is one of the ambulance planes used in Norway. Norway is a country with difficult terrain and ambulance flights and helicopters are often needed. Ambulansetjenesten can have over 8600 ambulance flights per year using planes such as this Beech King Air B200. Mostly they are needed for transportation of passengers between two different hospitals.
Picture from Bergen airport 28.3.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The ambulance plane seen above has just landed and has here just taken its parking position. Doors are opening and a normal ambulance is waiting for the patient to take him or her to the Bergen university hospital.
Picture from Bergen airport 28.3.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Here the patient is being quickly hurried away from the plane into the waiting normal ambulance.
Picture from Bergen airport 28.3.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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