AirForces Monthly - September 2013

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AFM accepted an offer from the 352nd SOG at RAF Mildenhall to look over the unit’s new aircraft: the Bell- Boeing CV-22B Osprey and Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II.

Interview: Our Man in Kabul
We spoke to the boss of air operations in Afghanistan, Air Commodore Christopher Brazier.
AIRCRAFT PROFILE: Italian Masterpiece
As Alenia Aermacchi’s new trainer, the M-346 Master enters service, AFM’s Jerry Gunner went to the company factory to find out more.

On Patrol with ‘Jester’
Kaj-Gunnar Sievert joined the German Navy’s MFG 3 on a patrol off Somalia.

Test with the best!
Dr Andreas Zeitler recalls the work of the Luftwaffe’s WTD 61 test unit with the iconic Phantom.

US Army choppers after Afghanistan
David C Isby examines what the future holds for the US Army’s rotary-wing fleet post-Afghanistan.

COVER FEATURE: Training the Russian Way
Alexander Mladenov takes a close look at Russian Air Force training.

Cross border FACs
Christophe Gasztych examines how French and German forward air controllers train together.

Flying with French Aggressors
Sebastien Buyck flew with EE 2.2 ‘Côte D’Or’, the French Air Force aggressor squadron.



Deployments and Contracts

Exercise Report: Trial Mace - Round Two!
AFM visited RAF Leeming in Yorkshire to report on electronic warfare exercise Trial Mace XV.

Force Report: Mexican Navy
Erwan de Cherisey describes a force on the offensive against Mexico’s drug barons.

Exercise Report: Dawn Blitz 2013
Ted Carlson/ reports from the US Marine Corps’ biggest exercise of the year.

Exercise Report: Collector’s Item
Held in Bulgaria, this saw extensive involvement from the Israeli Air Force. Krasimir Grozev, Boris Lilov and Alexander Mladenov report.

Exercise report: Detachment 1, Poland
Łask Air Base in Poland is home to a unique cooperation between the air forces of the United States and Poland. Marcus Fülber tells how it is working out.

Postcard from… Canada
The biennial airshow held at CFB Bagotville in Quebec, Canada was probably the biggest military airshow in North America this year. Andrew Cline was there for AFM.

Postcard from… RIAT
AFM enjoyed the sunshine and spectacular flying at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.

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

And Finally…
AFM met entrepreneur and Managing Director of Midair SA, Mike Davis, owner of the UK’s last flying Canberra and learned of his plans for a squadron of ‘Cold War’ jets.