AirForces Monthly - June 2016

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Into the Blue Yonder
Tim Ripley looks at the challenges facing the UK’s aircrew training organisation in a new era of investment.

Ukraine’s Superbase – Kul’bakino
Vladimir Trendafilovski describes the units, aircraft and activity at Kul’bakino, a new cornerstone of Ukrainian airpower.

Causing Havoc Over Syria
Alexander Mladenov sheds light on Russian helicopter operations in Syria, which have been shrouded in secrecy since the campaign began.

Strike Hard
The F-15E Strike Eagle is one of the most battle-hardened fighter bombers in the world. Alan Warnes visited RAF Lakenheath, the only F-15E base in Europe, to find out more about the jet and the people who fly it.

Mirage 2000: The Faithfull Warrior
France withdrew the Mirage F1 in 2014 and the Mirage 2000 became the Armée de I’Air’s veteran fighter. It still remains a lethal and potent combat asset, as Henri-Pierre Grolleau explains.

Real Thaw 2016
José Matos assesses the multinational Exercise Real Thaw 2016, hosted by the Portuguese Air Force at Beja.

Catania’s Multi-role EH101
Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca la Cavera visited Catania to fly with the Italian Navy’s Gruppo Elicotteri 3.

Ladoga 2016
Alexander Mladenov reports on the annual Russian weapons training exercise held over the frozen waters of Lake Ladoga.

Argentine Army Aviation Argentina’s hard-pressed Army Aviation Command is struggling to modernise in the face of budget cuts, as Santiago Rivas reports.

European Fighter Fleets 2016 – Part Two
In this three-part series, Alan Warnes looks at which countries are doing their bit for international operations and, along with many of AFM’s correspondents, reviews the fleets.

Readers’ views and comments.

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

Base Watch
A snapshot of recent military visitors to air bases around the UK and abroad.

AFM’s view on military aviation.