AirForces Monthly - March 2014

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Features

Pumped-Up Puma
Ian Harding details the RAF’s updated Puma HC2 helicopter as it enters service.

Flying to Confuse
Derek Bower visits Cobham Aviation Services at Durham Tees Valley Airport to see how the company supports military flying training.

Hellenic flying – fast and low!
Phil Stevens travels the valleys of Greece to catch low-flying Hellenic Air Force fighters.

Edwards – US Test Pilot School
Gary Wetzel goes behind the scenes of a famous institution.

Maintenance Malaysian style
Andy Marden looks at the work of AIROD, Malaysia’s foremost aircraft maintenance company.

REGULARS

Attrition

COVER STORY AIRCRAFT Profile: Saab JAS 39 Gripen
AFM’s extensive look at the Swedish fighter that packs an almighty punch for its weight.

Force Report: Turkish Air Force
Turkey has one of the world’s largest air forces, a legacy of being NATO’s eastern bulwark against the Soviet Union and its relationship with Greece. Dr Dave Sloggett, together with AFM’s Jerry Gunner, describe the force in detail.

Feedback
The latest from the Editor's postbag.

Ops Board
All the events and airshows of the coming months.

Exercise Report: Green Flag West 13-10 and Mountain Roundup
Steffan Eckes on the Luftwaffe’s big ASSTA3 test in the US.

Exercise Report: Eisregen II
Pieter Bastiaans details a multi-national airborne exercise in Eastern Germany.

Exercise Report: Southern Katipo/Kiwi Flag ’13
Jim Winchester files on the largest New Zealand exercise ever.

Exercise Report: Fada’ian-e-Harime Velayat 4
Babak Taghvaee reports on Iran’s biggest air exercise in two years.

Postcard from... Bahrain
Fighter fever from the Middle East.

And Finally… Snoopy’s Epitaph
How the UK’s most famous Hercules will meet its fate.