AirForces Monthly - June 2013

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Typhoons Swing at Red Flag 
Jon Lake evaluates the RAF’s first serious test of Typhoon during Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

Tornado GR4: Life in the Old Dog Yet 
Tim Ripley examines the role of the RAF Tornado GR4 force over Iraq during Operation Telic and how that experience paved the way for success in Afghanistan and Libya.  

In the Shadows of Giants 
AFM'S editor, Gary Parsons, reports from RAF Lossiemouth on how 617 Squadron plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters.

Poland’s Plans 
Exclusively for AFM, Krzysztof Kuska interviewed the Commander of the Polish Air Force, Lieutenant General Lech Majewski, about its current tasks and future projects.

Turbulent Times for Tornado 
One of the oldest wings in the German Air Force, Jagdbombergeschwader 32, disbanded at the end of March with its Tornados distributed to other units. Mathias Grägel explains why.

Grand Slammers 
Martin Scharenborg & Ramon Wenink/Global Aviation Review Press fly with the US Air Force’s 379th Air Expeditionary Wing over the Persian Gulf.

Tabriz Guardians 
Babak Taghvaee details the IRIAF’s MiG-29 Fulcrum squadrons deployed near Iran’s northern border with Turkey.

Task Force Musketeer 
Now that French forces have left Afghanistan, Erwan de Cherisey tells the story of Task Force Musketeer, the Gallic rotary wing working in the hot and high climate.

Mali – A French Perspective 
In another exclusive for AFM, Georg Mader speaks to Lt Gen (Retired) Jean-Patrick Gaviard, a former high-ranking French Air Force officer who is now a key adviser to NATO on Operation Serval.

Supplement - 2013 MILITARY DISPLAY TEAMS of the World 
Mark Broadbent details all the military demonstration teams from around the world in our 16-page pull-out special.


AFM looks forward to the Northern Hemisphere airshow season.

Deployments and Contracts 

Military aircraft accidents. 

Some of the best of recent correspondence by AFM readers. 

Force Report: Bolivian Air Force 
Santiago Rivas reviews an air force that is looking towards the future. 

Exercise Report: Iron Fist 
Kedar Karmarkar reports from the midst of jet noise, explosions, bombs and rockets in India. 

Ops Board 
All of the major aerial events and airshows for the next month. 

Exercise Report: Frisian Flag 
AFM’s Jerry Gunner was at Leeuwarden for the largest air power exercise in Europe. 

Exercise Report: Joint Warrior 
AFM’s editor Gary Parsons reports from Scotland on the French invasion at RAF Leuchars for the first Joint Warrior of the year. 

And Finally…Just call him Tao… 
Christophe Gasztych finds out what it takes to become a French Air Force Rafale display pilot.