AirForces Monthly - July 2015

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Russian Power
Babak Taghvaee reports on the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War flypast over Moscow on May 9, which featured 143 aircraft of various types.

Large-scale fighter missions, tanker support and mobile surface-to-air missile threats made this year’s exercise one of the most complex ever. Gert Kromhout reports that, for fighter pilots, it’s the only place in Europe to be.

Croatia’s Fire Bosses
Croatia’s air force is operating one of the biggest AT 802 Fire Boss fleets, as Igor Bozinovski explains.

BASE TOUR: Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Lon Nordeen reports from South Carolina at the changes taking place at MCAS Beaufort as war-weary F/A-18 Hornets are slowly replaced by F-35B Joint Strike Fighters.

Cleared Hot!
Joe Copalman catches up with the US Marine Corp’s Forward Air Controllers and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to see how they direct airpower to support ground battles.

EXCLUSIVE: Training Masters
David Cenciotti visits Lecce Galatina air base and becomes the first journalist to fly in the Italian Air Force M-346 Master advanced jet trainer.

FORCE REPORT: Army Air Corps
Tim Ripley profiles the British Army’s combat aviation force as it approaches its 60th birthday.

The Long Game
French Air Force UAVs and Mirage 2000Ds fly daily sorties from Niger’s capital, Niamey, under Operation Barkhane. Frédéric Lert examines the missions and how the base is being expanded to support increasing numbers of aircraft and UAVs.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE: Ukraine Su-24 Fencer. Fencer Fights On
Ukraine’s already depleted Su-24 force was spurred into action as violence on its eastern border escalated during 2014. As Vladimir Trendafilovski reports, the aircraft flew reconnaissance and bombing missions with varied success.

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.