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AirForces Monthly February 2023

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Inside the cockpit: Exercise Falcon Strike from a Dutch F-35 pilot's perspective

Read about a Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-35A pilot's time flying a training mission during Falcon Strike 22 defending a C-27 with paratroopers onboard from enemy SAM systems and a Navy cruiser vessel

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US Navy Growlers in Europe

Six Boeing EA-18G Growlers from the US Naval Expeditionary Squadron VAQ-134 ‘Garudas’ were sent to Germany in March to join NATO patrols. Patrick Roegies, Ben Gorski and Jurgen van Toor assess this short but vital deployment

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Why is the USAF rapidly moving to withdraw its F-15C/D Eagles from Kadena?

Barely a month after the USAF announced that Kadena Air Base in Japan would lose its F-15C/D Eagles, they are now heading home. Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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How Fokker built one of the most delightful post-war trainers

It’s a beautiful afternoon in December 1947, and Gerben Sonderman — wartime resistance fighter and one of the most famous Dutch pilots — takes the Fokker S11  prototype into the skies for the first time. Just over 75 years on, the trainer continues to delight

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Why France chose the Archangel after retiring the C-160G Gabriel

When France retired its Gabriel intelligence aircraft the search began for a replacement. Thomas Withington reveals how it was decided to switch to the Dassault Falcon 8X Archangel

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What are loitering aerial munitions?

Amid the many concepts that have changed the skies over the battlefield, loitering munitions have played a significant role. Peter Felstead charts their history and assesses the latest developments in aerial warfare

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Mil Mi-24 and Mi-35 Hind family reviewed

Known as the world’s most numerous attack helicopter, the Mi-24/35 Hind is still in production in Russia, with a series of upgrades and continuing interest from operators. Alexander Mladenov reports

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Aviation News February 2023

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Why the Nimrod MRA4 is one of Britain's most infamous procurement failures

Over-optimistic deadlines, numerous technical challenges and spiralling costs conspired to make the Nimrod MRA4 one of the UK Ministry of Defence’s most infamous procurement failures, as Combat Aircraft Journal details