AirForces Monthly - April 2012

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IS THE F-35 STILL 'UNAFFORDABLE'?
Blair Watson reviews the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme as it enters a critical year for the project facing the challenge of massive defence cuts.

US AIR NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL: GETTING THE BEAT DOWN!
Roland Dansereau visited the New Orleans Air National Guard, which flies the F-15 Eagle.

US AIR NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL: 65, BUT NO PENSION NECESSARY
AFM profiles the US Air National Guard as it reaches 65 years of age and faces new changes brought about by 2012's US Defense Review. Words by Bob Archer.

HOME ON THE RANGE
They call it the 'backyard range' - a 2.7 million acre desert training ground for pilots training with the
US Air Force. Neil Dunridge and Kevin Jackson report from the Barry M Goldwater Range in Arizona.

A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN
In July last year, the Army Air Corps' 25 Flight took off on its emotional farewell to Belize as the unit's 39 years of residence in the tiny Central American state ended. Alan Warnes visited Middle Wallop, Hampshire, to see how the unit has settled in since returning to the UK.

MIDDLE EASTERN TYPHOON
Jon Lake talks to Saudi aircrew about how the Royal Saudi Air Force is inducting its Tranche 2 Typhoons into the air-to-ground role.

REGULARS

FORCE REPORT: INDIAN NAVAL AIR ARM
Mrityunjoy Mazumdar details the Indian Naval Air Arm in 2012 as it grows to keep pace with an expanding navy.

EXERCISE REPORT: EAGLE'S FLAG
In late January Nellis superbase near Las Vegas in Nevada hosted Red Flag 2012-2 with a variety of interesting F-15 Eagles from around the world. Nate Leong reports for AFM.

EXERCISE REPORT: BOLD ALLIGATOR
James Deboer reports from the east coast of the USA on this big US Marine Corps and Navy exercise.

LOW-FLY UK!
AFM's Essential Guide to Military Low-Level Photography Locations in the UK reaches number 5 in the top ten.

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