AirForces Monthly - July 2008

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Water-Bombers Required!
As the hot and dry conditions in southern Europe begin to kick in, Gerard Keisjper looks at the role fixed wing water-bombers will play in fighting the wild fires that plague the region every summer.

Exercise: Frisian Flag 08
North Sea Battle
Kees van der Mark and Arnaud Boxman visit the Frisian Flag exercise at Leeuwarden.

Flexing Its Muscles
Russia shows off its military might with another Victory Day Parade - the biggest for a number of years. AFM has exclusive air-to-air photos of the event.

Beached In Afghanistan
The USMC is back at Kandahar Air Field in land-locked Afghanistan, as recent visitor Kees van der Mark reveals.

Force Report: Ecuador Air Force
High and Quite Mighty
Eric Katerberg and Anno Gravemaker review the current status of the Ecuador Air Force and its bases.

The Beale Boys
Beale AFB in California is home to the U-2 and RQ-4 Global Hawk spyplanes. Jacques Balaes and Benot Denet ask questions about the two aircraft, and two based pilots provide the answers.

Squadron Report: 41(R) Sqn
On Trial With 41
Mark Ayton visits the RAF's Fast Jet Weapons Operational Evaluation Unit - tasked to test new systems before they are passed to the RAF's fighter force.

Feedback
Readers' letters.

Bluetails
Ted Carlson flies with VAW-121 'The Bluetails' and their E-2C Hawkeye on a series of training flights over the western Atlantic.

Attrition
AFM's Dave Allport keeps us up to date with the world's military aviation crashes.


Just A Nice Pic.
At Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in Afghanistan