FLYMAG selects articles previously published in the FLYMAG magazine, and highlights them here the website.
You’ll find a list of the selected articles below.

Winter Wonderland – F 21

The 211th Squadron continued to fly the Viggen, but there was no defined role for their two-seat versions, so they armed them with jammers, turning this amazing plane into an electronic warfare fighter. The 211th Squadron flew all the different versions of the Viggen, including AJSF 37, AJSH 37, JA 37, and SK 37 from around the millennium to the end of the Viggen-era in 2005. The 211th Squadron was the last squadron in the world flying the Viggen.

The squadron then transitioned to the JAS 39A/B Gripen in 2006 and the entire wing was finally upgraded to the current C/D versions in 2008. The amount of airframes was reduced at the same time.

N.K.A.W.T.G – Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas

The mysterious headline of this article needs no Latin translation skills as it is the unofficial tanker pilot motto: Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas.

In this article, we will take a look at the history of air refuelling, a closer look at the dominant tanker aircraft of the USAF and we will take to the skies on an air refuelling mission with the 351st Air Refuelling Squadron which is part of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England.

Barry M. Goldwater Range – Live firing

Most countries have areas where their fighter pilots can train with live ammunition and a country with a large military obviously needs a huge area to practice in. One of the largest such training areas of this type in the United States is the Barry M. Goldwater Range (BMGR) located in southern Arizona between Yuma and Tucson, close to the Mexican border.

The area is close to seven million square kilometres and consists mainly of pristine desert. Above the ground, pilots have close to 240 million cubic kilometres of airspace to train in. Here they can push themselves and their aircraft to the limit while they practice air combat or attacking simulated targets on the ground. The large size of BMGR means that up to fifty aircraft can train in nine air-to-ground areas and two air-to-air areas simultaneously.

Nordic Fighters – F17 Ronneby

Den første del i denne mini-artikel serie, som handler om de nordiske fighters. FLYMAG har været på besøg i det svenske forsvars højborg mod syd, F17 Blekinge AB..

Den hurtigste måde at afvise en ubuden gæst på, enten på himlen eller på havoverfladen, er at sende Försvarsmaktens fightere i luften.

WTI – Training the trainer

Twice a year, the seven week Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course is held at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona. The main objective of the course, as the name suggests, is to train weapons and tactics instructors for the Marine Corps.

Only the most experienced pilots are selected to gather at Yuma for the WTI course as it is used to increase their knowledge over and above their existing training certifications. This means that they will become experts in their chosen field which then means that they can act as squadron-level instructors when they get back to their units.

Russian Air Force – 100 års jubilæum

Der er i disse år en del lande, der fejrer 100 år med militær flyvning, enten i form af at deres luftvåben i sig selv har 100 års jubilæum, eller som Danmark, hvor det var markeringen af 100 år med dansk militær flyvning, der blev fejret.

Det russiske luftvåben (VVS – Voyenno- vozdushnye sily Rossii) fyldte 100 år i år, og det skulle fejres med et stort show i august på Zhukovsky basen, lidt uden for Moskva. Zhukovsky danner også rammen for MAKS, der afholdes hvert andet år.

721 Squadron – Danish transport squadron

In the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), the job of air transport is handled by 721 Squadron, located at Aalborg Air Base in the northern part of Jutland. The base is also known as the Air Transport Wing Aalborg.

The squadron currently has a total of eight aircraft, divided into two types. To handle the heavy long-range transport missions, the squadron flies four Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules aircraft. For smaller transports, VIP flights and maritime patrol missions, there are four Canadair CL-604 Challenger aircraft.

In this article we look at the Challenger flight and especially its main task of maritime patrol.

CSAR – Combat Search And Rescue

The Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) mission, whilst being one of the most dangerous, is also one of the most important as it helps to provide the pilots who fly into combat zones with the assurance that if things go wrong, a group of pilots who are specially trained and motivated will come and get them out safely.

FLYMAG went to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona to learn more about the CSAR mission.

Red Flag – Alaska 13-3

Most who know about Red Flag will associate it with Nellis AFB just outside Las Vegas and the Nellis ranges in the Nevada desert and mountains. But it is not only here that Red Flag exercises take place. Red Flag - Alaska is similar to the Red Flag held at Nellis AFB, in other words, a multi-service, multinational air combat exercise.

The exercise is under the control of the Pacific Air Forces in the U.S. Air Force. The exercise was originally known as Cope Thunder and began in 1976 at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. After the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1992, Cope Thunder moved to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and in 2006 was renamed Red Flag - Alaska.

Eskadrille 722 – SAR, og meget mere

En drøm for en pilot at flyve, sådan lyder det fra Eskadrille 722, når de bliver spurgt om, hvordan den nyeste helikoptere i Royal Danish Air Force, AgustaWestland EH-101 Merlin, er at flyve.

Eskadrille 722 har siden 2010 fløjet den store EH-101 Merlin helikopter, efter at den overtog SAR rollen, fra Sikorsky S-61 Sea King. Med de 45 års aktiv og utrolig pålidelig tjeneste, har det ikke været nemt at tage over fra den gamle dame.