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August 2004

News
The latest military aviation news, brought to you by the AFM team and its worldwide network of correspondents.

Tornados In Combat
Former RAF Tornado pilot Chris England provides an insight into the RAF's Tornado Combat Air Wing during Operation TELIC.

Mianwali - The Cradle of Fighter Pilots
AFM's Editor Alan Warnes visited Mianwali air base in Pakistan and provides an account of Pakistan Air Force fast jet training.

Guarding Baltic Skies
Gérard Gaudin reports Belgian F-16s based in Lithuania to provide air defence for the Baltic states.

Elite 2004
Giovanni Taurino reviews Exercise ELITE, the annual German Air Force electronic warfare exercise.

Italian Air Brigade
Riccardo Niccoli looks at a relatively new organisation, the Italian Army Aviation Airmobile Brigade.

Grey Dragon
AFM's Mark Ayton spoke with Lt Col Frank Rogers, operations officer of Detachment 1, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group, about the current F-117 'Grey Dragon' test programme.

Israel Air Force
Bill Norton looks at the Israel Defence Force/Air Force, one of the most battle-hardened air forces in the world.

Mexican Hawkeyes
Two E-2C Hawkeyes passed through RAF Brize Norton on June 21 and 22, bound for a new home in Mexico. AFM's Alan Warnes reports.

The Fight's Still On
AFM's Mark Ayton visited 801 and 899 Naval Air Squadrons at RNAS Yeovilton to review conversion training and frontline tasking of the Royal Navy's Sea Harrier FA.2 fleet.

Midnight Hawks
Perttu Karivalo offers an insight into the Finnish Air Force Midnight Hawk display team ahead of its UK debut performance at the RIAT at RAF Fairford in July.

If 'Hawgs' Could Fly!
Over 70 A-10As assembled at Alexandria International Airport, Louisiana, between April 29 and May 2 for HAWGSMOKE 2004. Marco Ferrageau and Corné Rodenburg report.

Belize Defenders
Dick Lohuis looks at the Belize Defence Force, one of the smallest Air Wings in the world.

Book Review
Reviews of some recent book releases on post-war and modern military aviation.

UK Battlefield Helicopters - A Force in Crisis?
Jon Lake gives an overview of the issues associated with the UK's current Battlefield Helicopter Force and its shortfalls.

Attrition
Key Publishing's Dave Allport keeps us up-to-date on the world's military aviation crashes.

Volkel Airshow
Kees van der Mark reflects on this year's annual Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days held at Volkel air base on June 18 and 19.

Waddington Airshow
AFM's Alan Warnes provides a report on the RAF's biggest airshow that takes place each June at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

Airshow Dates and Profiles
Includes details of the RAF Jaguar GR.3 and Tornado F.3 solo display teams as well as international airshow dates.


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