AirForces Monthly - September 2011

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FEATURES

24-PAGE SPECIAL: F-35 LIGHTNING II IN DETAIL
Mark Ayton details the nuts and bolts of Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter on which the western world has pinned its future.

RED STAR LIFTERS: RUSSIA'S HEAVY-LIFT FORCE REORGANISED
Alexander Mladenov reports on recent changes to the organisational structure of Russia's heavy-lift air transport force and other recent developments involving Russian military transport aviation.

CHINA'S MOUNTAIN EAGLE TAKES WING
Earlier this year, the new Guizhou JL-9/JJ-7B Mountain Eagle entered service with the PLAAF. In another AFM exclusive from behind the bamboo curtain, Bai Wei describes the selection process for China's new supersonic jet-trainer, its introduction into service and how it will affect fast-jet training in China.

I JAM, THEREFORE I AM
Gary Wetzel looks at the sneaky-beaky world of the US Air Force's airborne signals jammer, the EC-130H `Compass Call'

BUSH WARFARE
Joris van Boven went aboard the US Navy's latest aircraft carrier, the USS George H W Bush, as it departs from its recent visit to the UK.

A FIGHTER TURNED MUD-MOVER
Christophe Gasztych describes the involvement of French Air Force Mirage F1s over the former Yugoslavia between May and June 1999.

REGULARS

ATTRITION
A bumper edition of news from our resident expert, Dave Allport.

NEWS

AND FINALLY - MINSK WORLD
A former Russian aircraft carrier lies rusting in a harbour in China - how did it get there?

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