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Sea Harrier – The Next Generation

A photo-report on the Sea Harrier F/A.2 by Neil Mercer.

ANOTHER CHAPTER of aviation history closed at the end of February, when 800 Naval Air Sauadron (NAS) returned with HMS Invincible, after six months in the Adriatic. During its time there it had been carrying out reconnaissance and Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions in support of the United Nations Operation Deny Flight. Its return marked the last operational deployment of the Falklands War victor, the Sea Harrier FRS.l. However, at the same time, a new and infinitely more capable type is about to replace it on the front line.

Staff

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Scottish TLP

IN JANUARY 1978, the Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCE) staged its first Tactical Leadership Programme (HP) course at Fiirstenfeldbruck AB, Germany, after Air Force leaders recognised a need to improve their pilots’ leadership skills in multi-national air operations. Responding to that requirement, six nations — Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the United States — signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the programme.

Bidding for Slots

A course schedule for the following year is formulated at a meeting between all potential participants from MOU and non-MOU nations every August. Each nation bids for slots on

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Runway Zero-Five: 1954-1992: Cold War at Aviano

Authors: D Mattiuzzo, M Roder, M Torcoli

Details: Goliardica Editrice SrL, 200 pages, hardback, 42 Euros + postage and package

Tel: +39 0432 996332

E-mail: runwayzerofive@hotmail.com

THIS BOOK has been written by members of the Veneto Military Aviation Society and translated into English by the very capable Frank McMeiken to provide an insight into activities at Aviano Air Base in north-east Italy from 1954-92. For those Italian speakers among you there is a separate booklet in the back, providing the text in Italian.

The curious title of the book is explained by the fact that landings and departures mainly use

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Royal Malaysian Police Air Unit

The air unit of the Royal Malaysian Police is tasked with the battle to combat smuggling and piracy as well as illegal immigration and fishing – all in addition to law enforcement. A report by Suresh Abraham.

THE AIR UNIT of the Royal Malaysian Police (Unit Udara Polis — UUP) was created in 1978 to combat smuggling, illegal immigration, piracy, and illegal fishing which includes the practice of ‘fish bombing’.

Initially, it was mainly concerned with patrolling the 12nm (22km) stretch of Malaysian Territorial Waters. It has since expanded its activities and its primary mission now takes in aerial patrol

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Rockwells Lancer

NAMING a MILITARY aircraft is an unofficial seal of approval; the withholding of it betrays uncertainty. When in June 1990 the name Lancer was officially adopted for the Rockwell B-1B, some four years after initial operational capability was achieved and more than two years after the 100th and final aircraft was accepted by the USAF, it looked suspiciously like belated remorse. Prior to this, the unofficial soubriquet of Excalibur had been applied, but as this is also a brand name for an unmentionable rubber product, it failed to catch on. After a long and chequered history, it now seems that

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RIAT O4

TНЕ ROYAL International Air Tattoo (RIAT) continues to attract more interest from the military aviation enthusiast than any other airshow in the world. It is also one of the United Kingdom’s biggest public events.

In its heyday in 1995, the International Air Tattoo (as it was then called) attracted over 200,000 people and a massive 300+ military aircraft, even though there were severe traffic problems for visitors and despite the fact that at £20 the admission charge appeared inflated. The show was a financial success, which should have been reflected in the contributions to the RAF Benevolent Fund Enterprises (RAFBFE),

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Riat Fairford.

THE 1999 Royal International Air Tattoo which took place during July 24-25 was hot…and we are not just referring to the temperature. The event attracted a record-breaking 483 aircraft, and crowds for the weekend reached 190,000. Easily attracting the most attention was the B-2A Spirit which was parked at the western end of the static line-up, and flew on both days.

Although the massed ranks of aircraft contained many regulars, there were also some very interesting items. How many people noticed that the Saab Viggen was an upgraded Block D variant, complete with four AMRAAMs? Only two squadrons will receive

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Rhino Retirement

THE IMPORTANCE OF accurate and timely battlefield aerial reconnaissance information cannot be understated. Knowing the activities and intent of hostile forces can give a tremendous advantage, with the potential to swing the successful outcome of a battle. It is for this reason, even with the National Defence surveillance system of sophisticated satellites, that each of the armed forces has supported a special reconnaissance aircraft.

Past strategy has been to provide a reconnaissance aircraft that was a dedicated special version of the premier fighter. The aircraft would then have the speed and manoeuvrability to go with or follow behind the strike

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Remembered with honour

WEST OF NANCY in the Lorraine Region of France, is the French National Cemetery of Choloy. In the northwest section, are headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.At least one of these dates back to World War One, but most mark the final resting place of Allied servicemen who died in 1939-1945, the majority of them airmen. In all, there are 1,650 French and 461 Allied war graves.

In 1950 the commission relocated some 100 war graves from a number of local churchyards and civil cemeteries to Choloy.There, in Plot 2, Row G, Headstone 8, is the grave of Fg

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Red Flag 93-1

NELLIS AFB, the self-styled ‘Home of the Fighter Pilot’, is a major Tactical Air Command airfield situated no more than eight miles from the glitzy town of Las Vegas, Nevada. The base itself occupies an area of over 11,000 acres, and has aprons of a size which can — and have, in the past — accommodated upwards of 400 fighter aircraft.

But it is the existence of 4,742 square miles of restricted ranges and a further 7,700 square miles of airspace to the north and east of the ranges which make Nellis an ideai location for realistic tactical training exercises

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