Aviation Feature – Hellenic Air Force 115 Combat Wing

Lying approximately 100 miles south of the Greek mainland in the southern Aegean Sea at the crossroads of the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is home to 115 PM (Pterix Mahis – Combat Wing) of the Hellenic Air Force, operating the potent Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52+. 115 PM comprises two Mira (squadrons), 340 Mira “Aleppou” (Fox) and 343 Mira “Asteri” (Star), along with the 115 PM SMET (Operational Conversion Unit), “Assos” (Ace). 115 PM operates from Chania Air Base, a sprawling airfield shared with a bustling United States Navy facility and developing international airport both situated across the runway from two of the Hellenic Air Force’s premier combat squadrons. Tom Gibbons reports for GAR.

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Military Exercise: Red Flag 15-1

2015’s Red Flag series of exercises kicked off at Nellis AFB, Nevada on 26 January. Red Flag 15-1 is the first of four exercises planned for Fiscal Year 2015, which is Red Flag’s 40th anniversary year. Chris Wood and Rob Edgcumbe report from Nevada.

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Aviation Feature – The Bombing of Dresden, 13/14 February 1945

On the night of 13/14 February 1945, RAF Bomber Command carried out a raid on the city of Dresden, the capital of Saxony, Germany. For all intents and purposes, this was a standard mission undertaken in much the same way as any other sortie; yet, in the wake of the tremendous loss of life and destruction it caused, it would be regarded as one of the most controversial events of World War Two. 70 years on, Elliott Marsh draws together the experiences of the men who partook in the raid and the civilians they bombed to tell the story of the fateful night which seared the name ‘Dresden’ into the annals of history.

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Aviation Feature – APSS Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter project

For many, retirement usually means retreating from the stresses of work – but not for an ambitious group of volunteers from the Aircraft Preservation Society Scotland (APSS) at East Fortune, who are nearing the end of a mammoth project to build and fly a full scale replica Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter. With the generosity of the general public, the World War One biplane could take to the skies later this year. Huw Hopkins reports for GAR.

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Aviation Profile – Frédéric Akary

In the next GAR aviation profile, Elliott Marsh talks motivations, aerobatics and all things Hawker Fury and North American P-51D Mustang with Frédéric Akary, the former French National Aerobatic Team member whose displays in these piston powerhouses have been a highlight of airshows across Europe for the last five years.

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Military Exercise – 11 Flottille’s Rafales work-up on R91, Charles de Gaulle

The Aéronavale’s 11 Flottille (11F) was recently deployed to the Mediterranean on board aircraft carrier R91, Charles de Gaulle, for a work-up exercise aimed at preparing the squadron for forthcoming deployment. One of the squadron’s Dassault Rafale pilots spoke to Steve Comber during a recent embark of France’s potent aircraft carrier, relating his experiences of flying and training on both the Dassault Super Etendard and the Rafale.

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