AirForces Monthly - May 2014

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Striking Deep
Lewis Gaylard profiles the Royal Navy’s 815 Naval Air Squadron, which is deployed around the world on warships.

Warthog Faces Extinction In the first of a series of features on the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the ‘Warthog’ by those who fly it, Neil Dunridge talks to the pilots of the 47th Fighter Squadron.

Moody Blues Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink/Global Aviation Review Press fly with A-10s over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Razorbacks at a Crossroads Robert F Dorr profiles the 188th Fighter Wing and its A-10Cs, with stunning photography by Jim Haseltine.

Stealthy and Super-Secret
Blair Watson examines why Northrop Grumman’s recently unveiled RQ-180 unmanned aerial system is needed.

Time’s Up for Timmy
The RAF has retired its last TriStar transport and tanker aircraft. Gary Parsons reports from RAF Brize Norton on the final operational refuelling flight over the North Sea.

On Alert over Paris
Jean-Sebastien Seytre finds out how the French Air Force uses its four Boeing E-3F Sentry aircraft and flies on one during the Bastille Day flypast.

Growling at Fallon
Gary Wetzel details the work of the US Air Force’s Airborne Electronic Attack Weapons School and how it is integrating Boeing’s EA-18G Growler jet.

Top-Secret Hips
Dr Jakub Fojtík looks at Russian helicopters serving with US government agencies around the world.

Finger on the Trigger
Tomislav Mesari c ´ flies with European instructors preparing helicopter training crews for the rigours of Afghanistan.

AMARG – The most Misunderstood Place in the US Military
Hans Drost, Henk de Ridder and Dick Wels describe the activities of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group.



More from the Editor’s postbag.

Country Report: Ukraine
Following the Russian take-over of Crimea, AFM examines Ukraine’s air assets before and after the crisis in March.

Exercise report: Crimson Eagle
The British Army is back in Arizona – Peter R Foster finds out why.

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

And Finally…
Lightning Strikes at Luke Joe Copalman was at Luke AFB in Arizona as the first Lockheed Martin F-35A arrived.