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AirForces Monthly November 2014

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In the November issue of Air Forces Monthly, we look at the air operations against ISIL within Iraq and Syria looking at the strikes by the USAF, USN, RAF and other nations. Military News Editor Dave Allport reports on military aviation matters from around the world, while Alan Warnes provides coverage of from RAF Benson, Oxfordshire to see the RAF Merlin helicopter fleet transferred to the Royal Navy.

In the second of a two-part feature Glenn Sands described how RAF Marham’s 31 ‘Goldstars’ Squadron aircrew conduct Ground Close Air Support and how the RAF’s Force Protection team prepares for its deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. This will be the final Tornado Force deployment to the region.

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

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 explains how it has been protecting the battle groups all these years.