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Swiss Air Force retires fleet of Pilatus PC-9 target tugs

The Swiss Air Force has withdrawn its last Pilatus PC-9. AirForces Monthly reflects on its illustrious career and the end of its aerial target-towing operations

USAF pushes forward with RC-26B Condor retirement plan

Having served as an integral part of US ANG counter-narcotics operations for the last 30 years, the USAF is now moving to accelerate the retirement of its 11-strong fleet of RC-26B Condor reconnaissance aircraft – a type the service has been pushing to divest in recent years

USAF bids farewell to final Combat Coyotes

USAF personnel assigned to the 711th Special Operations Squadron at Duke Field, Florida, bid a fond farewell to the PZL-Mielec C-145A Combat Coyote for the final time after a decade of serving Air Force Special Operations Command

Spain set for lengthy capability gap following P-3M Orion retirement

After almost 50 years of operational service, the Spanish Air and Space Force retired its final Lockheed P-3M Orion maritime patrol aircraft on December 17

New Zealand expedites P-3K2 Orion retirement despite capability gap

The New Zealand Defence Force announced on December 13 that it will retire its five remaining Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft five months earlier than planned due to staff shortages and maintenance constraints

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French Navy retires iconic Sud Aviation Alouette III helicopters

The French Navy has withdrawn its final Sud Aviation Alouette IIIs after an illustrious career spanning six decades on land and at sea, reports Babak Taghvaee

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Why is Brazil retiring its Mi-35M gunships after just 10 years of ops?

The decision by Brazil to ditch its Hind gunships by the end of 2022 came as a surprise. AirForces Monthly examines the factors behind the grounding of the fleet

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Spain's venerable Sea King fleet bows out of service

The venerable Sea King has finally retired from Spanish Navy duties. AirForces Monthly examines the impact of the iconic helicopter that served for 56 years

Norway bids farewell to Falcon 20ECM fleet after 50 years of ops

The Royal Norwegian Air Force marked the end of an era on September 30, when its two-strong fleet of ageing Dassault Falcon 20ECM multi-mission aircraft were flown operationally for the final time – bringing almost 50 years of operations with the type to a close

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Is Slovakia’s recently retired MiG-29 fleet destined for Ukraine?

Having recently bid farewell to its iconic fleet of MiG-29AS/UBS Fulcrum fighters after more than 30 years of operational service, Slovakia is now discussing how best to use the 11 decommissioned aircraft with its allies and a move to transfer them to Ukraine is definitely on the table