People’s Liberation Army Air Force - Part One
AFM’s latest Force Report – by Andreas Rupprecht – begins with an examination of the origins and history of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, to better understand the current issues faced by China and the latest developments within its armed forces

Barksdale BUFFs
Sixty-five years after its maiden flight, the B-52 still plays a crucial role over the battlefield. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink visited the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base to fly with the mighty ‘BUFF’.

Tough times for Chadian Air Force
After being tested in combat against Boko Haram, the Chadian Air Force inventory was decimated by a storm earlier this year. Arnaud Delalande charts the recent development and operations of this Central African air arm.

Baltic hunters
Poland’s Mi-14 helicopter force has been in service for 35 years and the government is now likely to choose a successor before the last of the veteran aircraft run out of hours. Wiebe Karsten and Marco Muntz investigate the Baltic Haze.

Lightning II — The sequel: hit or flop?
In the first of his regular AFM columns, Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE provides a new take on the commander’s update brief – the traditional method of apprising senior personnel.

Middle East modernisation
It has been 26 years since Operation Desert Storm saw an unprecedented gathering of air power in the Persian Gulf. Since then, the region’s air forces have strengthened and modernised to meet potential new threats, including a nuclear-capable Iran, along with the rise of Islamist terrorism. Alan Warnes charts their progress.


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