AirForces Monthly - September 2008

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FARNBOROUGH SHOW REPORT

A HOT AND HIGH WARRIOR
The Antonov An-32 has championed the specialist transport role in hot and high climates, as Piotr Butowski explains.

KANDAHAR BOUND
Benjamin Vinot Prefontaine travelled with French Navy Super Etendards during a recent flight to Afghanistan.

AUSSIE TANKER FAREWELL
The Royal Australian Air Force recently retired its last Boeing 707, and as Nigel Pittaway witnessed, it was done with usual Aussie style.

KINGS OF SWING
AFM's Mark Ayton visited Typhoon FGR4-equipped XI Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, during Exercise Green Flag - a critical test that led to the type's multi-role declaration.

PERFECTING THE PAF
AFM's editor Alan Warnes recently spoke with the Pakistan Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, to discuss the PAF's modernization plans.

FEEDBACK
Readers' views and comments.

SHOWBIZ: A SHOW OF TWO HALVES
RAF Waddington Airshow had all the hallmarks of a classic event. Unfortunately, the weather, along with some snags, put paid to that, as AFM's Alan Warnes discovered

EXERCISE: MOROCCAN HOT SHOTS
The Moroccan Air Force's best fighter pilots and their mounts visited Spain in late May for Exercise Atlas 2008. Roberto Yanez and Alex Rodriguez went along to see the action.

FORCE REPORT: GETTING A GLIMPSE
Dennis Thomsen describes the impressive Azerbaijan Air Force participation in the recent June 26 National Armed Forces Parade Day in Baku.

OSPREYS IN IRAQ
David C Isby looks at the US Marine Corps MV-22 introduction to combat in Iraq.

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

EXERCISE: THUNDER DOWN UNDER
Nigel Pittaway reports from Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

JUST A NICE PIC
Australian Army Aviation Corps Black Hawks fly in formation near Dili, Timor Leste.

Cover: XI Squadron Typhoon FGR4s laden with bombs during Exercise Green Flag. GEOFF LEE