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Latest Issue: April 2015 - Vol 16 No 4

WRESTLING THE DRAGON
Dr Séan Wilson and Paul Mulligan visit Beale AFB, California, home of the US Air Force’s U-2 fleet, to gain an insight into what it takes to fly the ‘Dragon Lady’

APACHE STRIKES!
A dynamic encounter with a British Army Air Corps Apache AH1 over rugged California is captured magnificently by Dan Stijovich

‘INHERENT RESOLVE’ HIGHLIGHTS CSAR SHORTFALL
Robert F. Dorr explains how the United Arab Emirates halted its air strikes over Iraq and Syria, citing concerns over the lack of US combat search and rescue assets in theater

EXERCISE REPORT: WILD WEST HEROES
Having proved the ‘swing-role’ capability of the Tranche 2 Euro¬fighter Typhoon, the Royal Air Force’s No 1 (Fighter) Squadron headed west to Nellis AFB to put its jets to the ultimate test. Jamie Hunter joins them at Exercise ‘Red Flag’

EXERCISE REPORT: ‘RED FLAG’ ROCKS!
Jamie Hunter brings a photo-report from the first exercise ‘Red Flag’ of 2015 (15-1), which took place at Nellis AFB from January 26-February 13

UNIT REPORT: THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE
Part of the ‘rescue triad’ of the 106th Rescue Wing, the airmen of the 101st Rescue Squadron are personnel recovery experts, as James Deboer discovers


NAVY SAVIORS
The end is near for the beloved Sea King fleet in the search and rescue role with both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. Dan Foster meets the distinctive red and white machines of 771 NAS at RNAS Culdrose

AIR POWER REVIEW: IRAQI AVIATION REBORN
The Iraqi air arm is composed of the Iraqi Air Force and Iraqi Army Aviation. Using ¬firsthand sources, Arnaud Delalande provides an authoritative overview of Iraq’s military aviation

HARRIER HAVEN
Jamie Hunter meets the personnel of VMA-223 ‘Bulldogs’ and VMAT-203 ‘Hawks’ at MCAS Cherry Point, aviators who cherish their close affinity with the AV-8B Harrier II. Plus, Neil Dunridge heads west to join the training unit for its ‘Turkey Bowl 2014’ livefire exercise

CUTTING EDGE
Combat Aircraft’s monthly column reporting from the front line of aerospace technology, by David Axe

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
US defense budget headlines, UK starts F-35 OPEVAL, and plans develop for sixth-generation fighter

US News
USAF guns for the A-10 again, F-35 goes into the cold, and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
Arab nations increase air strikes on Islamic State, Egypt pushes for Dassault Rafale purchase and France offers Mirages to Colombia

Europe News
Italian Eurofighters on Baltic patrol, Dutch Apaches strike in Mali and A400M steps up tanker trials

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