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CYP 14The Cyprus National Guard, Εθνική Φρουρά (Ethniki Froura), has a small air wing. All aircraft are based at Pahos Intl. Aviagraphers attended the yearly open day in November to sample their goods.

roundel bolA large parade was held at El Trompillo in 2013, to celebrate the Fuerza Aerea Boliviana (Bolivian Air Force) anniversary. The parade proved to be the perfect opportunity to witness various kinds of aircraft in colourful fashion for one of our editors.

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How low can you go? One of many types operated by the FAB is the British Aerospace Jetstream, which took off in style to please the photographer.

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Sri Lanka 01Sri Lanka Air Force

Small but potent and combat-tested, the Sri Lanka Air Force operates a variety of interesting aircraft. We provide a base-by-base overview of the situation back in 2011.

FAU parade 01March 17th is Air Force day in Uruguay. The Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (FAU) holds a large air parade annually to celebrate the day in style. Aircraft and helicopters gather at military airfields around the capital Montevideo for the venue and fly over the cradle of the FAU, Base Aérea Boiso Lanza, the current FAU headquarters. The 2014 edition was visited by one of our editors, who visited Base Aérea Carrasco near Montevideo, where most aircraft gathered for the parade.

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Uruguay was one of the latest customers of the original PC-7, which are used for advanced training and counter insurgency operations. The aircraft are dubbed AT-92 locally, after the year of procurement.

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Ejército de Chile

The Chilean Brigada de Aviación del Ejército plays a vital role in supporting the troops and for disaster relief duties throughout the country. We take a look at their assets.

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Humble but determined, the Irish Air Corps faces the arduous task of safeguarding a huge coastline. Aviagraphers joined the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society for a visit to its home base Baldonnel-Casement aerodrome.

Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara yearly anniversary

If budget permits, and the commander-in-chief of the Air Force feels like it, the Indonesian Air Force yearly showcases its assets over Jakarta. In a spur of the moment decision, one of our Aviagraphers took a last minute flight to witness the proceedings.

Aviación Naval Uruguaya

Compared to its heyday in the fifties of the 20th century, the aviation branch of the Uruguay Navy is small in size. Yet, it fulfills an important role in safe-guarding the Rio de la Plata, search and rescue and last but not least, supporting Uruguayan naval operations in Antarctica. One Aviagrapher made a memorable visit.

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Founded just 30 years ago, in 1986, the Army Aviation Command operates helicopters in support of Brazil’s army. The city of Taubate, roughly half way between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, was chosen as the cradle of army aviation, and to this day, it remains the main base. One of the Aviagraphers was invited to take a closer look at the base and its helicopter operations.

 

Albacete - Base Aérea de Los Llanos

Most people may know the area Los Llanos because of the infamous character Don Quichote fighting windmills. In the aviation community, Albacete's base aerea de Los Llanos is better known for the regular Tactical Leadership Programme and of course as home base for No.14 Wing of the Ejercito del Aire, and as one of the members of the Tiger Meet association.

SGP roundelSingapore's Helicopter Assets

With Singapore recently announcing their plans for replacement of the current helicopter fleet, we look at the force’s helicopter assets through the years, culminating in the sizeable fleet that currently forms the back bone of the Participation Command. We had the unique opportunity to check the current inventory at Sembawang air base a couple of years ago.

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Qatar Emiri Air Force

Fuelled by natural gas, tiny Qatar has developed into a middle power in the Middle East. National ambitions are high and the country continues to develop its economy and armed forces. What better day to witness national progress than December 18th, which is Qatar’s national day? Celebrating the rise to power of the emirate’s Al-Thani royal family, many events are organized around this date.

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Ukraine Naval aviation

The Ukraine naval aviation used to be based at the Crimea but had to vacate their facilities there. Nowadays, they are back at Kulbakino sharing this huge air base with the air force.

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One of the main reasons we visited the USA this March was to witness first-hand the new mounts of the Marines, the UH-1 ‘Yankee’ (or Venom) and AH-1 ‘Zulu’ (or Viper). In this article we will describe Camp Pendleton and its heritage, the UH-1Y/AH-1Z procurement program and the insights on operating these new ‘snakes’ shared by our hosts at HMLA-369.