AirForces Monthly - May 2010

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FEATURES

NO END IN SIGHT?
The RAF has quickly had to devise new tactics and purchase new equipment in its fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. JonLake looks back at nine years of conflict.

HOVER COVER IN HELMAND
Harking back to the days of Vietnam, USMC Hueys and Cobras are still in the thick of the fighting, this time in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. John Cantlie flew with the Marines in their deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Taliban.

NAVY HELOS AT HYŠRES
Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit report from this busy French Navy base, as exchange crews learn the `French way' of flying helicopters.

FORCE REPORT: DEFENDERS OF THE GREAT STEPPE
Little is known about the Kazakhstan Air Force in the west. Dennis Thomsen pulls back the curtain to report on this elusive air arm.

AGUSTAWESTLAND'S RISING STAR
John Andrews reports on the remarkable success story of the AW139.

SURVEY: GOING IT ALONE
Aleksandar Radic explains the upheavals and challenges that the Army of Montenegro's air assets have faced and their new challenges ahead.

REGULARS

DEBRIEF
Glenn Sands reviews recently published military books.

ATTRITION
AFM's Dave Allport reports on the world's latest military accidents.

MISSION: TO THE BAY AND BACK
Warren Thompson reports on this previously classified F-111 practice bombing mission to Canada.

JUST A NICE PIC...
The XP-1 maritime patrol aircraft is captured on final approach to NAF Atsugi, against the backdrop of a gorgeous autumnal sky.

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