David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.
The mission of escorting large aircraft and act as a “bait” for MANPADS dates back to the the Soviet-Afghan War when it was dubbed “Mandatory Matsurov”. The Russian Ministry of Defense has released an interesting […]
Two Russian Hind choppers having fun at low altitude over Sevastopol in Crimea. It’s not clear whether they were circling over a specific target or simply performing a show of force. For sure, the following […]
On Mar. 29, two Russian Tu-22M Backfire bombers, escorted by four Su-27 Flanker fighter jets, conducted a simulated night attack on Sweden. The mock air strike did not cause any reaction by the Swedish air […]