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First Turkish C-130 with Upgraded Avionics Delivered

The first Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK – Turkish Air Force) Hercules to be modernised with new avionics under the Erciyes programme, C-130E 13188, seen during its hand-over ceremony at TAI’s facilities in Ankara on August 8.


Saving Lives and Seizing Drugs

The Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles covers a wide and very busy area in Southern California. Alan Kenny found out more.


Hosting the Testers

Naval Base Ventura County has the sound of afterburners again while they play host to two squadrons from NAWS China Lake. All images copyright of the author.


Military Master!

AFM’s Alan Kenny had the opportunity to briefly chat with the BBC’s history expert, Dan Snow, about aviation


48th Fighter Wing in action

USAFE aircraft based at RAF Lakenheath train all year round in all weathers. Alan Kenny was there on December 3rd.



Shayne Meder has been painting military aircraft for 14 years. Alan Kenny travelled to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California to see her latest work


Nellis Air Force Base - A Hive of Activity

Nellis Air Force Base, just north of Las Vegas is one of the biggest and noisiest bases in the United States Air Force. Alan Kenny was there to photograph the busy base in action.


Jubliant Jersey's Magic

With unfortunate cancellations due to the weather, the air display still went ahead. Bob Franklin attending the 2013 Jersey International Air Display. All images by the author.


Army National Guard Flying Units 2013

Below is a list of all US Army National Guard Flying Units as detailed in October's issue of AirForces Monthly (see page 96). Compiled by Tom Kaminski.


Aircraft profile: Short Brothers’ C-23 Sherpa

Far from being the most glamorous aircraft on the US inventory, the C-23 Sherpa has received several less than complimentary nicknames including ‘Boxcar with Wings’ and ‘Flying Winnebago’. Despite this, Tom Kaminski tells us it has proven itself to be a utilitarian workhorse and an important asset that has served both the US Army and the USAF during its career.


Pirates of Culdrose

Lewis Gaylard reports from England's most Westerly air show, the RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2013. All images by the author.


Somerset's Finest

Lewis Gaylard attended Somerset's RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2013. Images by Mike Kerr and Bob Franklin.


I predict a RIAT

Alan Kenny attended the 2013 Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. All images by Gary Parsons unless stated.


One helo of a day

Naval Air Facility El Centro is famed for its large detachments of fixed wing jet aircraft and busy flight line, but when Alan Kenny visited, he found it to be very different to the norm.


Last Flight of Final Royal Air Force VC10 K4

Arriving at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leiceistershire, today from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, one day later than originally planned, was BAC VC10 K4 ZD241 ‘N’, the last remaining example of this variant in Royal Air Force service.


Keeping it in the family

Rod Dean. Pilot, parent, passenger. AFM witnessed a historic event of 50 years of flying.


Another RAF VC10 Flies into Retirement

An additional Royal Air Force/101 Squadron VC10 K3 made its final flight today, when ZA149 ‘H’ departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, for the final time.


Avalon airshow 2013

Norman Long attended the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport in Victoria to capture the action for AirForces Monthly and


Talking point: RIAT 2011 – how was it for you?

Tell us what you thought of this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo, held at RAF Fairford over the weekend of July 16/17.


It was always less bovver in the hover…

Mick Britton mourns the passing of the Harrier from RAF service.


From FIMA to A400M

AIR International reviews the history of Europe’s new transport aircraft, the Airbus Military A400M one year on from its first flight.


Lightning shock

AIR International’s Editor Mark Ayton and’s Editor Gary Parsons report on the F-35’s flight test programme.


Talking point – SDSR: Harrier axed

This week's UK Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) has announced the end of the Harrier in RAF and RN service. Tell us what you think about this!


The legend of 'Bravo November'

With the award of a Distinguished Flying Cross to Flt Lt Ian Fortune of the Royal Air Force, it also marks the fourth time a pilot of Chinook HC2 ZA718/BN, otherwise known as ‘Bravo November’, has received decoration for bravery while piloting this helicopter that still serves on the front line.


Harriers and Auriga

Sqn Ldr Paula Willmot, MCO RAF Cottesmore, reports on Joint Force Harrier's biggest deployment since Afghanistan.


Apache reservation takes a brief look at 16 Air Assault Brigade at Wattisham Airfield, home to the Army Air Corps’ fleet of Apache helicopters. For more on the Apache and its operations, see the April issue of AIR International magazine.


Maritime times talks to Harrier pilots from the Royal Navy’s Naval Strike Wing at RAF Cottesmore about life aboard an aircraft carrier. For more on the NSW see the February 2010 of AIR International magazine.


Whither the F3? looks at the Royal Air Force’s fighter force, now a mere shadow of its former self.


Talking point – UK defence: what would you do?

Imagine you are the Secretary of State for Defence and tell us what your UK defence forces would look like.


Grappling a Grob

With the Royal Air Force’s new Military Flying Training System about to come into effect in the next couple of years, tries out the military’s basic trainer, the Grob 115E Tutor, also popular with private pilots.


‘Big Tel’ tells it like it is got a chance to speak with Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB at the Fly Navy 100 flypast at Greenwich.


Carry On, Harrier looks at the future of the Royal Air Force's Harrier Force on its withdrawal from operations in Afghanistan.


Pretend war at Warminster

Press and invited guests had the opportunity to witness the British Army and Royal Air Force in action at the ‘Land Combat Power Display’, held near the Land Warfare Hall, Harman Lines, Warminster in Wiltshire.


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