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How they made the film Top Gun

US naval aviator Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek was an instructor at the real Topgun school when Hollywood called. He tells the story of the team who helped bring realism to the smash hit 1980s film and here reveals some of the tricks of the trade.

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What changes are being made to US Navy adversary air squadrons?

Air Forces Monthly reports on the developments taking place within the US Navy adversary squadrons

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The Expeditionary Sea Bases of the US Navy

Combat Aircraft Journal takes a look at how the US Navy is reconfiguring the design for civilian oil tankers into a mobile, multi-mission base at sea

Blue Air Training and Top Aces combine forces

Blue Air Training and Top Aces announced a business combination on March 30

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II: US operators

Dave Allport details the units and bases operating the F-35 (and its variants) across three pillars of the United States Armed Forces

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A deep look into special forces aviation

The daring missions of multiple nations special operations forces behind enemy lines are invariably dependent on airlift – fixed or rotary wing – to get them safely to their targets and then successfully bring them home. AFM investigates the can-do mindset and unique skills of special forces aviators

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How New York/JFK is transforming itself

New York’s John F Kennedy is embarking on a multi-billion-dollar regeneration programme that it hopes will cement its position as a top-tier international gateway. Mark Blacklock runs the rule over the airport’s impending transformation

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‘Black Knights’:First USMC F-35C unit to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier

We report on the USMC’s ‘Black Knights’ making history as the first USMC F-35C unit to deploy aboard an aircraft carrier

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AIRCRAFT REPORT: P-8A Poseidon the king of the seas

We chart the ongoing development of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon and details how the maritime patrol aircraft has proven its worth over oceanic skies as orders for the type continue to grow

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Royal Australian Air Force Tigers hit the desert for training with USMC

The Australian Army’s 162 Squadron traveled half way across the world to take part in the USMC’s Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course – and found that some of the training conditions were more familiar than others