AirForces Monthly - May 2008

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Tornado At 25: Tornado Weaponeering
AFM's Mark Ayton visits XV (R) Sqn and looks over the new GR4 Qualified Weapons Instructor course.

Base Tour: Kul'bakino, Ukraine
There is still life at what was once one of the Ukraine's most active airbases, as Vladimir Trendafilovski relates.

James Haseltine takes to the air with the aircraft of the Idaho Air National Guard.

Portuguese Sojourn
Rui Ferreira looks at the Portuguese Air Force F-16 detachment to Lithuania, its first major overseas deployment.

Slovenia's PC-9M Swift
Emiel Sloot and Luc Hornstra fly with the Slovenian Air Force PC-9Ms.

Behind Enemy Lines
The RAF is playing down its Combat Search and Role rescue role. Jon Lake looks closely at the task referred to in RAF circles as Personnel Recovery.

Merlin Magic?
The Danish Air Force now flies Merlins, as Jan Jorgensen explains.

Force Report: Mex To The Max
Inigo Guevera describes the way in which the Mexican Air Force is modernising itself.

Black Knights
The Republic of Singapore Air Force reincarnated its Black Knights aerobatic team at the recent Singapore Airshow - this time with six F-16Cs.

Just Like Starting Over
Jakub Fojtk tells the story of the former Czechoslovakia's Hips and Hinds - and how some have started a second life in Afghanistan.

AFM's Dave Allport covers the world's recent aviation crashes and more.

Aircraft Profile - Gulfstream V
In the final part of his military Gulfstream profile, Dave Willis looks at the latest variant.

Just A Nice Pic..Of Korea's Black Eagles

The first Saab JAS 39 Gripen was officially delivered to the South African Air Force on April 6. SAAB/FRANS DELY