Latest Issue: August 2015
All Go for the Pak AF
For two weeks in June, the Pakistan Air Force manned an incredible three deployments to Europe, as Alan Warnes reports.
‘Griffins’ Come West
Six Pakistan Air Force F-16s deployed to Konya, Turkey for another Anatolian Eagle exercise for three days in June. Chris Lofting was there to see them in action.
Annual Alpine Action
Kees van der Mark and Jan Jelle Dam report on the annual refresher course for the Hornets and Tigers of Wing 14 at Sion, Switzerland.
Rafale’s Certain Future
France’s air force and navy pilots prepare to fly the Rafale at Saint-Dizier, with ETR2/92 ‘Aquitaine’. The course is tough and the flying demanding, but as Sebastien Buyck discovered, Rafale sales abroad are bringing new challenges to the unit.
USMC - Big Deck Amphibs. Anytime Anywhere
Lt Cdr Rick Burgess (Rtd) examines how the US Marines Corps employs air power from the navy’s fleet of ‘carriers’.
EXERCISE REPORT Thracian Eagle
The first round of several small exercises involving US and Bulgarian fighters at Graf Ignatievo took place recently. Dino van Doorn, Hans van der Wilt and Bas Stubert joined Thracian Eagle I to provide coverage for AFM.
Fuerza Aérea Colombiana on the Front Line
Colombian government forces have been engaged in a war against guerrilla fighters and drug traffickers for more than 50 years. David Oliver visited Luis Fernando Gómez Niño Air Base at Apiay to examine Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC) operations.
First Typhoon det for II(AC) Squadron
The RAF’s newest Typhoon squadron deployed for a week to RNAS Culdrose in June and Alan Warnes drove straight down to Cornwall after the Paris Air Show to find out why.
EXERCISE REPORT Aviadarts 2015
Alexander Mladenov reports on Russia’s strongly contested combat employment competition held at the Pogonovo firing range near the Russian city of Voronezh.
FORCE REPORT Mexican Air Force
The Mexican Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Mexicana or FAM) remains a little-known air arm. It may lack much in the way of glamorous jets and global combat exposure, but has been involved in numerous combat actions. Force report on the FAM by Mariano García, with an order of battle by David Hernández.
Dino Marcellino flew a maritime night patrol mission off Sardinia with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Air Section, based at Cagliari Elmas, hunting down illegal activities in the Mediterranean Sea.
AIRCRAFT PROFILE Revolutionary Coalers
Babak Taghvaee discovers the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Corps Air and Space Force operates the world’s largest An-74 fleet. These Coalers are now the backbone of the Revolutionary Guard’s domestic transport network.
AFM’s Dave Allport reports on the world’s latest military accidents.
Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.