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Military aviation magazine.

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      16.11.2000 17:42
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      This mag covers military aviation matters all over the globe without biase views. Whilst of English publication, this always has balanced views, unlike some of the other western aviation mags. It is usually just over 100 pages long and has several sections. Inide every issue there are always arund 15 pages of news from around the world, these pages are divided amongst the areas of the world, so it is easy to find news on a certain country. For the rest of the mag, up until about page 70 there are interesting articles about new weapons systems, new aircraft, battle tactics, and in depth news. It commonly features book reviews, and has an interesting letters page. Every issue has an attrition section, usually 2-3 pages long, with a brief description of all military aircraft crashes and aircraft shot down. There are always plenty of pictures to brighten the whole thing up as well. This is a magazine for people with at least a basic understanding or knowledge of modern aviation, so for example, if you do not know what a Su-27 is or a SA-7, or what a LANTIRN pod does, this magazine may baffle you, though I only understand the theory side of these things, and I understand. One thing I like about this magazine is its courage to go against the theories of all the rest of the aviation press. For example, when all the mags were mocking Britain for our 40% bomb success rate over Kosovo, this mag studied the case further and found the following: where it took several bombs to destroy a target, but one large crater was created, this would be counted as one hit, and several misses. A bomb which destroyed several targets would be credited with only one kill. They also considered the fact that Coalition pilots were not allowed to go below 15,000ft, above many clouds, and so since the British were using mainly LGB's (Laser guided bombs) the clouds were deflecting the laser. Also, other countries like America did not publish their success rate, does thi
      s not say something about theirs. If you are interested in WW2 aircraft you'll find nothing on that in here, buy a mag called FlyPast for that. AirForces Monthly can be bought from most WH Smith stores without being pre-ordered, but look around, it can be further back on the shelf, and the aviation section is always low down.

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