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February 2013


Training hard to fight easy
Lewis Gaylard visited the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, to see what the future holds.

COVER FEATURE: Phantoms West
Gary Wetzel was lucky enough to fly with the US Air Force Heritage Flight’s QF-4 Phantoms, which still perform an important task.

95 to ‘The Ton’
The boss of the Royal Air Force’s 100 Squadron, its largest operational jet squadron, talks to AFM’s editor.

Tiny Trainers: Doing things the Danish way
Cristian Schrik/ discovers that the Danish Air Force has found a new way of educating tomorrow’s air force with its diminutive T-17 Supporter.

Tiny Trainers: Learning to fly the Belgian way
Teaching people to fly is expensive, but as Manolito Jaarsma tells us, there are ways to make it cheaper– as evidenced by the Belgian Air Component and its SIAI Marchetti SF260s.

A Hit at 45
Bob Archer describes the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Ayit, better known as the Skyhawk, as it reaches its 45th anniversary in Israeli service.

French Special Forces Come of Age
Yves Debay explains the structure of the French Special Forces Command on its 20th anniversary and finds out how it trains with army helicopters.

Nuclear Days
Even though the Cold War has ended, Europe’s air forces still have a nuclear capability. Pieter Baastiens assesses the facts.

Dirk Jan de Ridder and Menso van Westrhenen report on current operations by Spain’s only attack helicopter unit and its future with the Eurocopter Tigre.





North America

Latin America

Middle East

Russia and CIS


Asia Pacific



Opinion: A New Paradigm for Air Power
Dr Dave Sloggett explores the implications of the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel and how the country defended itself.


Deployments & Contracts

Deployment Report: Four goes to Finland
Flt Lt Stefan Brown from the RAF’s IV(R) Squadron, based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, describes the unit’s first overseas foray when it visited the Finnish Air Force.

Exercise Report: Vampirex 2012
The French army, navy and air force conducted a joint exercise in the south-west of France in mid-November 2012 – Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports.

Force Report: Afghan National Army Air Force
Alan Warnes looks at the air force’s evolution since the US-led coalition began the modernisation process five years ago.

Exercise Report: Apache Live Fire in South Korea
Gordon Arthur reports on the ‘Death Dealers’, the US Army’s solitary Apache battalion in South Korea, as it undertook a live-fire exercise.

Postcard from… China
Gordon Arthur reviews the ninth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, held at Zhuhai in November.

Postcard from… Japan
Dr Andreas Zeitler reports on Nyutabaru’s cancelled airshow.

Messages and images from the AFM readership.

Ops Board
AFM’s guide to exercises and airshows in the months to come.

And Finally… RIAT 2013 – An Insider’s View
Tom Gibbons, the new head of the Royal International Air Tattoo’s air operations team, reflects on a successful 2012 and looks at what July’s event will bring.

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