AirForces Monthly - November 2015

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Life on Mars
Learning to fly and then fight in the AV-8B Harrier takes all manner of skills, as Joe Copalman found out at MCAS Yuma, Arizona.

EXERCISE REPORT
Aviadarts International 2015
Andrey Zinchuk and Alexander Mladenov report on the latest round of the annual multinational competition, which saw Byelorussian, Chinese, Russian and Kazakhstani combat aircraft gather at Ryazan- Dyagilevo airfield in Russia.

Guarding America’s Shores
In the first of a two-part feature, Tom Kaminski explains how the HC-130H Hercules has been the mainstay of the US Coast Guard’s long-range surveillance operation since the 1960s.

EXCLUSIVE
Hunting IS – In Belgian F-16s
Joe Schoofs gained an exclusive insight into the way air operations are conducted against IS when he spoke to the Belgian Air Force about its role in trying to defeat the terrorists.

EXERCISE REPORT
Fada’ian-e-Harime Velayat-5
Babak Taghvaee reports on Iran’s recent air combat exercise.

Taking the Strain
Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit of Bronco Aviation visit Boboc Air Base in Romania to find out how the air force is training its pilots and preparing for the arrival of F-16s.

EXERCISE REPORT
Thracian Star 2015
Alexander Mladenov visited the biggest international air and air defence exercise in Bulgaria this year.

Seventy and Still Going Strong!
The South African Air Force operates some of the oldest aircraft serving any air force, in the shape of the C-47TP Turbo Dakota. Christopher Szabo investigates this old warrior’s role.

Inside Nevatim
Remco Stalenhoef, Patrick Smitshoek and Stephan van Geem visited the Israel Air and Space Force base, where C-130s, F-16s and KC-707s dominate.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE
Embraer EMB-145 AEW
Santiago Rivas and Sergio Santana profile the first Latin American designed AEW&C platform and outline its role in helping to intercept slow-flying illegal aircraft.

Attrition
AFM’s Dave Allport reports on the world’s latest military accidents.

Debrief
Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

Base Watch
A snapshot of recent military visitors to air bases in Europe.