AirForces Monthly UK - Issue 366 - 2018 September
Contents magazine - AirForces Monthly UK - Issue 366 - 2018 SeptemberFeatures
Comment: AFM’s opinion on the hot topics in military aviation.
Show of force in the Negev: Dr Andreas Zeitler was at Hatzerim Air Base to witness the Israeli Air Force’s impressive graduation ceremony. It was a rare chance to get a glimpse of the air arm in action.
Polish Naval Aviation at 100: Polish Naval Aviation isn’t quite as old as its air force and army cousins, but it is part of this year’s centenary celebrations as Bartek Bera and Filip Modrzejewski explain.
21st century ‘Battleherk’: The US Marine Corps is intent on improving the survivability, lethality and interoperability of its KC-130 fleet, as Joe Copalman discovers.
Rafale Solo Display: Revised colours, and a different display pilot: every other year, the Rafale Solo Display gains a new look. Frédéric Lert and Anthony Pecchi caught up with the team.
Controlling the fight: Maintaining excellence in close air support is the raison d’être of No 4 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. Phil Buckley reports from this unit of No 78 Wing at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales to learn more of its specialist role.
Mountain avengers: The Italian Army’s 5° Reggimento Aviazione dell’Esercito ‘Rigel’ flies the powerful AH-129 Mangusta, iconic UH-205A ‘Huey’ and the all-new UH-90A. Robin Coenders, Roy van Sonsbeek and Niels Roman head to northern Italy to meet its aviators.
Belgian ‘Stingers’: Roy van Sonsbeek and Niels Roman look back at the highpoints in the history of 1 Squadron of the Belgian Air Component, which celebrated 100 years of operations last year.
Black Sea Berievs: The once mighty fleet of Be-12 amphibians operated by the Russian naval air arm has dwindled to just a handful. Alexander Mladenov provides an overview of the last survivors.
Storm warning!: The Farnborough International Airshow saw the UK launch its latest Combat Air Strategy and unveil a model of a brand
new, next-generation fighter concept – the Tempest. Jon Lake investigates.
EXERCISE REPORT: Thracian Eagle 2018: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 pilots recently flew shoulder-to-shoulder with their Bulgarian
counterparts and were pitted against ground-based air defence systems. Alexander Mladenov reports from Graf Ignatievo.
INTEL REPORT: A summer of surprises: With the Farnborough International Airshow following hot on the heels of the Royal International Air Tattoo, July was a busy month for many in the industry. The publication of the UK’s Combat Air Strategy was just one of the talking points for aerospace observers at the shows. Alan Warnes reports.
FORCE REPORT: Defending Formosa: Part one: The ‘Taiwan question’ remains a sensitive political issue almost 70 years after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. Marco Muntz and Wiebe Karsten assess the status of the Republic of China Air Force, charged with defending Taiwan against the might of its neighbour.
COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Airborne command and control: Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, reflects on airborne early warning, a little understood mission that is nonetheless vital to modern coalition warfare operations.
EXERCISE REPORT: Sky Avenger 2018: For two weeks in June, six Texas Air National Guard F-16s flew with Czech Air Force fighters from Cáslav air base, 60 miles (96km) southeast of Prague in Central Bohemia. Alan Warnes was there.
Attrition: Dave Allport details accident investigations and the world’s recent military accidents.
Coming up: See what’s featuring in your AFM next month.
Date: Issue 366 - 2018 September