AirForces Monthly - April 2003

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News
All the latest on the impending conflict with Iraq, as well as the latest military aviation news from the globe compiled by the AFM team.

Countdown to WAR
What's going on in the Gulf? Tim Ripley reports from Bahrain.

SAMs for Saddam
Who supplied Saddam Hussein with his Surface-to-Air Missiles? Anthony Tucker Jones investigates.

Unrest in the Ivory Coast
Yves Debay reports from the Cote D'lvoire on the ongoing problmes in this former French colony.

US Carrier Ops Since Sept 11
Mark Ayton presents an overview of the US Navy's aircraft carrier activites on and after September 11

Military Aircraft of the UK Survey: Part Two
David C Isby looks at the AWACS. Rivet Joint, Joint STARS, and their capabilities

Aero India 2003
Dave Willis goes to Bangalore and reports on his findings.

Countdown To War
What's going on in the Gulf? Tim Ripley reports from Bahrain.

UK Prepares For War
AFM visits two RAF bases where aircraft and aircrews have been preparing to fly to the Gulf region, and RAF Brize Norton, where operations have been running at unprecedented levels.

TARTAN 42
AFM's new Assistant Editor Mark Ayton flies on a VC-10 air-to-air refueller.

Operation TELIC - Ops in the Gulf
A photospread of RAF aircraft in the Gulf.

Unrest in the Ivory Coast
Yves Debay reports from the Cote D'Ivoire on the ongoing problems in this former French colony.

Military Aircraft of the UK Survey: Part Two
Dave Willis continues his review of the types in service with the UK Armed Forces.

US Open Skies
Michael R Little looks at the 'Open Skies' programme and flies with one of the two OC-135Bs used by the US.

B-52s at Fairford
AFM's Mark Ayton and Steve Fletcher take a peek over the fences at RAF Fairford, where 14 B-52s are currently based.

Carrier Ops since September 11
Mark Ayton presents an overview of the US Navy's aircraft carrier activities on and after September 11.

Connie's Last Cruise
The USS Constellation is currently making its last operational cruise. Tieme Festner and Iwan Bogels go on board.

USS Harry Truman
Marko Malec reports from the USS Harry Truman during its recent port call in Slovenia.

Feedback
Letters and comments from around the world.

Attrition
Key's Dave Allport keeps us up-to-date with military aviation crashes around the globe.

SAMs for Saddam
Who supplied Saddam Hussein with his Surface-to-Air Missiles? Anthony Tucker Jones investigates.

Strategic Survey: Gulf Co-operative Council Part Two.
In the second of his three-part series on the GCC, Mike Knights looks at defence and aerospace spending in the differing States.