This Iranian jet aircraft was destroyed in an accident near Tehran on 22 September 2009.
In 1991 Gulf War two IL-76AEW fled from Iraq to Iran where the remain in service at Shiraz and Mehrabad Intl. Only one remained operational for transport purposes, as the AWACS systems on board were no longer operational.
The Beriev A-50 Shmel (Russian: Шмель 'bumble bee'), (NATO reporting name: 'Mainstay') is a Russian airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport. Developed to replace the Tupolev Tu-126 'Moss', the A-50 first flew in 1978. It entered service in 1984, with about 40 produced by 1992.
The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, to the United States, United Kingdom, France, NATO and other air defense forces. Production ended in 1992 after 68 had been built.
At the beach near Cap Breton in Aquitane, France, you can see the remains of Bunkers which should protect occupied France for the landing of the allied Forces. These Bunkers are now, 60 years later, washed out by the sea of the Dunes where they originally where placed. They were never used, because the D-Day invasion occured some 300 miles away in the north of France.
Y is a commune in the Somme département in the Picardie region of France. The name is pronounced like the letter E in English. It bears the shortest place name in France, and one of the shortest in the world. The inhabitants call themselves Ypsilonien(ne)s.