AirForces Monthly - November 2014

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Grim Reaper Pilot
The US Air Force announced in March an intention to reduce the number of aircraft based overseas, Dick Wels looks at the impact this may have at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk.

Mission Rehearsal Exercise (Part Two) – RAF Marham
In the second of a two-part feature, AFM’s Glenn Sands describes how RAF Marham’s 31 ‘Goldstars’ Squadron aircrew conduct a GCAS and how the RAF’s Force Protection team prepares for its deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Striking Back at ISIL
Over the past month 12 nations have joined US air strikes against ISIL. As Alan Warnes outlines, it is now under bombardment inside Iraq and Syria.

ATF-25 Home from Afghanistan
Personnel and aircraft of the RNLAF task force finally returned home on July 12 after a dozen years in Afghanistan. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink/Global Aviation Review Press report for AFM.

Merlins Move
Alan Warnes was at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire in September to see the RAF Merlin helicopter fleet transferred to the Royal Navy.

Force Report Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Dzirhan Mahadzir updates the progress of this unique force.

Exercise Report Pitch Black 2014
Nigel Pittaway ventured to Australia’s Northern Territory to report on one of the largest air exercises in the region.

NATO Summit 2014 – RAF Fairford
Around 30 aircraft flew into RAF Fairford, Gloucester to support President Barrack Obama’s attendance at a NATO Summit in early September. Ian Harding was there to witness the spectacle.

NATO Summit 2014 – RAF Brize Norton
Ian Harding spent a week a RAF Brize Norton watching the comings and goings of aircraft participating in and supporting the NATO Summit.

Exercise Report Hot Blade 14
Kees Otten, Wim Das and Koos Heemskerk describe the multinational helicopter exercise Hot Blade 14.

E-2 Hawkeye VAW-123
As the airborne ‘eyes and ears’ of the US Navy fleet for 50 years, the E-2 Hawkeye has been a critical asset within carrier air wings. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics explains how it has been protecting the battle group all these years.

Operation Market Garden – 70th Anniversary
Kees van der Mark attended the commemorations at Arnhem in the Netherlands.

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

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