AirForces Monthly - June 2015

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Where are the carriers? The status of America’s ‘Flat-Tops’

Yemen on the Edge
Jon Lake investigates the recent military operations and their origins in Yemen, as it heads towards becoming the next terrorist battleground in Southwest Asia.

EXERCISE REPORT: Joint Warrior 15-1
Tim Ripley travelled to Scotland to investigate maritime air operations during NATO’s biggest naval exercise this year.

ANG Eagles in Europe
From Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands, Kees van der Mark provides a photo report on the deployment of Air National Guard (ANG) F-15s to Europe.

Tornados up North
As XV (Reserve) Squadron celebrates its 100th anniversary, Neil Pearson visits the squadron at RAF Lossiemouth to examine how the RAF trains its Tornado GR4 aircrew.

The Jedi Returns
The airman of the Italian Air Force’s 82nd SAR Centre, callsign Jedi, are constantly ready for action. Francesco Militelloa Mirto and Luca la Cavera report for AFM.

Gripens look East
Philip Stevens and Bjorn Hellenius examine Sweden’s unique approach to training its future frontline Gripen pilots.

EXCLUSIVE: PAF’s Cutting Edge Grows
Alan Warnes recently became the first journalist to interview the new Pakistan Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

FORCE REPORT: Spanish Air Force
Coming up to its 75th anniversary, Spain’s Ejército del Aire continues to struggle after years of fierce defence cuts. Salvador Mafé Huertas examines an air force in crisis.

EXERCISE REPORT: Cope Tiger 2015
Now in its 21st year, Exercise Cope Tiger had a reduced USAF contingent this year, but nonetheless proved a positive learning experience for aircrews as Chen Chuanren found out.

Eyes and Ears in Mali
Kees Otten, Wim Vis and Wim Das report on the Dutch helicopter presence supporting United Nations operations in Mali.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE: IRIAT Saeghe (Thunderbolt)
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) operates a unique version of the Northrop F-5 Tiger II, the Saeghe (Thunderbolt). Babak Taghvee sheds light on the second life of the F-5 in Iranian service.

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

Reviews of recently published military aviation books.