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Greek F-4E Phantom II crashes into the Ionian Sea

An Hellenic Air Force-operated McDonnell Douglas F-4E (AUP) Phantom II crashed in the waters of the Ionian Sea, some 25nm (46km) south of Andravida – the type’s home base – on January 30

Boeing extends support contract for Australian Chinook fleet

Boeing Defence Australia will extend its support to the Australian Army Air Corps’ 14-strong fleet of CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters after a contract extension was signed with the Australian Department of Defence on January 20

‘Ironmen’ reactivate as new F-22A FTU at Langley-Eustis

In preparation for the relocation of the F-22A Formal Training Unit mission from Florida to Virginia, the USAF’s Air Combat Command reactivated the 71st Fighter Squadron under the 1st Fighter Wing/Operations Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton on January 6

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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The Swiss Air Force has withdrawn its last Pilatus PC-9.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

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Highway Hornets: How does Finland train its F/A-18 pilots for dispersed ops?

AirForces Monthly hit the road to join the Finnish Air Force as it practised its long tradition of flying its F/A-18s from the country’s main dual carriageways

Greek fighters train with France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

Hellenic Air Force fighters conducted a joint training operation with the French Navy's Task Force 473 escort group, led by France’s flagship aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), from November 23-25

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USAF’s ‘Gamblers’ stand up with Taiwanese F-16Vs in Tucson

The USAF’s 21st FS ‘Gamblers’ has recently been stood up at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona, following its relocation from Luke AFB and its transition to the Republic of China Air Force’s newly upgraded F-16V Fighting Falcon

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Poland receives final upgraded PZL-130 Orlik

Airbus Poland has delivered the last of 28 PZL-130 Orlik (Eaglet) turboprop-driven two-seat trainers to the Polish Air Force, following its upgrade to TC-II standard

USAF B-1Bs return to Guam for Indo-Pacific ops amid rising tensions

For the second time this year, the USAF has deployed Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers to Andersen AFB, Guam, to conduct multilateral training operations with allied nations in the region, as tensions continue to rise in the Indo-Pacific

US Navy launches training operations with the TH-73A Thrasher

US Navy Student Naval Aviators assigned to Training Air Wing 5 (TAW-5) at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, have begun advanced helicopter training with the service’s new Leonardo TH-73A Thrasher helicopter