AirForces Monthly - January 2012x

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FEATURES

TORNADOS RETURN FROM LIBYA OPS

Key's Alan Warnes was at RAF Marham in Norfolk to welcome home the Tornado Force from its Operation Ellamy commitment in Southern Italy.

LEBANESE AIR FORCE OPEN DAY
Vatche Mitilian was at Rayak Air Base for the first Lebanese Air Force Open Day in nearly 30 years.

MUST BE MEIRINGEN
AFM's Editor profiles perhaps the best military in the world, nestled in a valley in Switzerland.

THE FUTURE IS ORANGE
Kaj-Gunnar Sievert reports on the duties of Swiss test pilots, their current assignments and how to get to wear the orange flight suit.

ITALIAN NAVY AIR POWER: GARIBALDI'S CURRENT OPS
Dottore Claudio Maugeri visited ITS Garibaldi, one of NATO's most important assets in the Mediterranean region during the recent Operation Unified Protector.

THE DOWNFALL OF SAR-H
Vince Powell considers the state of the UK's SAR-H plan to replace its military search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with a civilian contract, months after cancellation of the first bidding round.

POSTCARDS FROM JAPAN AND KOREA
A Far Eastern flavour to our airshow coverage this month.

REGULARS

NEWS

FORCE REPORT: RUSSIAN NAVY
After years of neglect, the Russian Naval Aviation was drastically cut in 2011. Alexander Mladenov looks at the branch's downsizing and restructuring efforts as well as fleet upgrades and new aircraft procurements.

FEEDBACK
Correspondence from you, our loyal readers.

LOW-FLY UK!
AFM's Essential Guide to Military Low-Level Photography Locations in the UK reaches number eight in the top ten.

AND FINALLY - FIREWORKS AT OCEANA, VIRGINIA
Richard Bedford provides some seasonal images to cheer up these dark winter evenings.

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