AirForces Monthly - June 2008

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News
The latest military aviation news brought to you by the AFM team and its worldwide network of correspondents.

Headlines
United Kingdom
Continental Europe
North America
Americans at FIDAE
Latin America
Middle East
Tehran Flypast
Africa
Russia
Australasia
Asia Pacific

FRADU - Serving The Fleet
Gerard Boymans flies with FRADU to see how the unit's Hawks and Falcon 20s are used to keep the Royal Navy's crews combat-ready.

German Phantoms - Still Going Strong
Dirk Jan de Ridder visits Wittmund AB in northern Germany, the home of JG71, which continues to fly the veteran F-4F.

Snipers
The F-5N Tiger II carries out a superb aggressor role. Ted Carlson visits VMFT-401 at MCAS Yuma in Arizona to find out more.

Force Report: Korean Cool
The days when the ROKAF acquired 'hand-me-down' aircraft are now firmly in the past, as Peter Foster reports.

Burka Tigers
David Cenciotti looks at the Italian Air Force Bell 212ICOs operations in Afghanistan.

Running On Empty!
Stefan Bttner surveys the history and current status of Russia's airborne tanker fleet.

California Exchange
Derek Bower charts one pilot's experience of the RAF-US Air Force exchange-posting programme.

British UAVs In The Fight
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operated by British personnel in the United States are fighting the war in Afghanistan. Tim Ripley reports.

An Iron Triad and More
Jon Lake provides an overview of the current US airborne systems used to collate battle space intelligence.

Firehawk
Ted Carlson flew with the California Army National Guard, and gives an insight into fire-fighting with a specially-equipped UH-60 Firehawk.

Black Sea Exotics
The Odesa Aircraft Repair State Enterprise continues a quest for new work - as Holger Mller and Alexander Golz discovered.

Attrition
AFM's Dave Allport covers the world's recent aviation crashes and more...

Just A Nice Pic...of a US Customs Service P-3AEW at Piura AB, Peru.

Cover: Phantom's lair - a German Air Force F-4F in a shelter at Wittmund. DIRK JAN DE RIDDER