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Portugal's Wolves of the Sea

Operating the P-3C CUP+ Orion, the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 601 is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare specialist headquartered in Beja, in the south of the country. But as José Matos discovers, this is a unit that ranges far and wide.

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Trapani Typhoons

AFM was invited to visit the Italian Air Force’s important base of Trapani-Birgi, which occupies a remote strategic position covering Europe’s southern flank. Peter ten Berg reports from Sicily.

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Dutch Lightning Leader

Last October, a first Dutch F-35A to be permanently stationed at Leeuwarden arrived at the base in the north of the country. At the controls was Lt Col Ian ‘Gladys’ Knight, who talked to Bob Fischer about Dutch F-35 numbers and dogfighting in the stealth warplane.

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AirForces Monthly April 2020

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Luftwaffe A350 in service colours

The first Luftwaffe Airbus A350-941CJ VIP transport, now wearing its full paint scheme, departs Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, Germany, on its return to the Airbus facility at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, France, on March 20.

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Commanding the Force!

Jamie Hunter meets Air Cdre Mark Chappell, the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon Force Commander, who oversees all elements of the current operation.

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Spreading the Knowledge

From Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands, Kees van der Mark reports on the latest edition of the multinational F-16 Fighter Weapons Instructor Training course.

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France's 'Big Stick'

As the Forces Aériennes Stratégiques begins its 56th year of continuous operations, Sébastien Buyck examines the capabilities of the air force’s arm of the French nuclear triad.

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Japanese Sub-Hunter

Designed from the start as a dedicated maritime patrol aircraft, Kawasaki’s P-1 boasts longer range than the Boeing P-8, has more weapons hardpoints, more operators and features a tail-mounted magnetic anomaly detector. Marcin Przeworski investigates.

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400,000 Hours for Hohn's Transalls

The C-160D Transall transports of Lufttransportgeschwader 63 have been stationed at Hohn air base, north of Hamburg, for more than 51 years. Alexander Golz visited them in their penultimate year of operations.