I received a complaint a couple of weeks ago about the volume of material appearing on The DEW Line having tailed off a bit of late – we don’t write, send flowers, all that sort of thing.
You’ll have noticed that fifth-gen fighter specialist Dave Majumdar has moved on to pastures new, so we’ve no doubt let a few F-35 and F-22 happenings pass us by, while events like the Dubai air show kept me busy in and away from our UK HQ.
So, here’s an early festive treat for you: it’s almost time for Flight International to commit its annual act of generosity to all of a military aviation persuasion. Our next issue (with a cover date of 10-16 December) includes our bumper World Air Forces directory for 2014.
A full 20 pages of listings will tell you what we record as being in active service with the air arms of 160 nations (and NATO, if you really wanted to try to catch me out by counting); all-told, that’s approaching 51,000 individual airframes detailed in our Ascend Online Fleets and MiliCAS databases. Confirmed and pending orders data bumps that up by more than another 12,000 tails.
You’ll be able to see the directory in Flight International’s tablet-tastic iPad edition from 6 December, and pick up a print copy in the usual retail outlets next week (Commonwealth of Australia-sourced image above). But please also consider filling in a quick and painless form to download a free pdf copy for use through 2014. Sponsored by Ruag, this will be available from 10 December at flightglobal.com/waf2014
We hope you’ll enjoy the directory; it’s a major undertaking for us to produce, and we would genuinely value any feedback that you might like to send us about it.