AirForces Monthly - December 2012

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FEATURES

 

Combat-Proven – but Controversial!

In the first of a new series of aircraft profiles, Blair Watson tells the story of Bell-Boeing’s V-22 Osprey and its chequered career to date.

 

Altus AFB: 70 years training the Heavies

Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma is home to the USAF’s heavy-jet training squadrons.  Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink/Global Aviation Review Press went to the base on behalf of AFM.

 

Four to the Fore

AFM’s Editor visited the Royal Air Force’s No IV(R) Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey as it celebrated its centenary and learnt how fast jet fighter pilot training at the air base is evolving to become world leading.

 

German Military Helicopters: All Change

Pieter Bastiaans explains how Germany’s army and air force helicopter fleets are likely to fare during the country’s biggest military reorganisation for decades.

 

German Military Helicopters: Ready for Medevac

Patrick von Krienke journeyed to Fassberg to see Bundeswehr NH90 medevacs training for future deployment to Afghanistan.

 

Astute Black Hawks

Gordon Arthur reports on the work of the Timor-Leste Aviation Group, Australia’s contribution to the International Stabilisation Force in East Timor.

 

Defenders of Tenochtitlan

We didn’t know where it was either – but it’s a region in Mexico, where Mariano García reports on 30 years of F-5 Tiger II operations.

 

News

 

Headlines

 

UK

 

Europe

 

North America

 

Latin America

 

Middle East

 

Africa

 

Russia & CIS

 

Asia Pacific

 

Australasia

 

 

Regulars

 

Editorial

 

Iranian Reconnaissance of Dimona?

Was an Israeli nuclear facility the real target of the downed Iranian drone last month?  Dr Dave Sloggett investigates.

 

Attrition

 

Force Report: Chinese Navy

China has just commissioned its first aircraft carrier, CNS LiaoningAFM profiles the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force and outlines its plans.

 

Country Report: Qatar

Alan Warnes looks at the Qatar Emiri Air Force – a big air force for such a small state.

 

Force Report: Macedonian Air Force

 

Officially known as the ‘Air Force & Air Defence Forces of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia’, Robin Polderman reviews this small force with perhaps the longest title in the world.

 

Exercise Report: Hawgsmoke 2012

Curt Jans reports from this year’s A-10 Warthog-fest in the United States.

 

Deployment Report: Portuguese Air Force in Iceland

Portuguese F-16s recently stood guard in the North Atlantic for the people of Iceland – Paulo Mata explains.

 

Exercise Report: Trial Mace

AFM’s Jerry Gunner travelled to RAF Leeming to find out why Turkish and Polish F-16s visited in early October.

 

Postcard from… South Africa

South Africa’s biggest airshow of the year had much to enjoy, says Malcolm Reid.

 

Exercise Report: Ramstein Rover 2012

The Czech Republic played host to a major US forces’ exercise in late September – Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit/Bronco Aviation were there.

 

Postcard from… Czech Republic

AFM was at the NATO open days at Ostrava, and was mightily impressed.

 

Feedback

Letters and e-mails sent to the editor in recent weeks.

 

And Finally… The Eagle Will Hunt No More

Yet another F-16 squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force became history when Volkel-based 311 Squadron disbanded in September – Kees van der Mark was there.