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Latest Issue: May 2014 - Vol 15 No 5

PILOT PROFILE: ‘RED FLAG’ — FROM THE COCKPIT
Jamie Hunter meets RAF Typhoon pilot Flt Lt Scott Holliday-Stevens as No 6 Squadron participates in ‘Red Flag’

‘FAIP’ FLYERS
Within the US Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command, the 12th Flying Training Wing is a unique organization. Gary Wetzel reports on the IP training program from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘MIGHTY DRAGON’ — FACELIFTED
Andreas Rupprecht provides the latest updates on China’s J-20, the latest prototype of which reveals some interesting and potentially significant changes

LUFTWAFFE TORNADO EVOLUTION
Boasting the latest German Tornado capability standards, TaktLwG 33 has a particularly important place within the Luftwaffe. Alexander Golz and Stefan Büttner detail the unit’s precision ground attack mission

CENTERSPREAD: OREGON AGGRESSOR
An exclusive image from Jim Haseltine of the Oregon ANG’s 173rd Fighter Wing F-15C Eagle with hybrid aggressor markings

UNIT REPORT: ‘GREEN KNIGHTS’
Gary Wetzel visits VMFA-121 and discovers how its F-35Bs are moving toward an initial operating capability target of July 2015

EXERCISE REPORT: ICELAND AIR MEET 2014
During the latest Icelandic Air Policing mission, the Royal Norwegian Air Force teamed up with two Nordic partners for the Iceland Air Meet. Frank Crébas was there

FACT FILE: AEW THE BRAZILIANWAY
Sérgio Santana outlines the Embraer EMB-145 airborne early warning and control aircraft

SPECIAL REPORT: CRISIS IN CRIMEA
The rapid pace of developments in the Crimean crisis caught most of the international community off guard. Home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the peninsula has for some time been a potential flashpoint of tension. Alexander Golz, Stefan Büttner and Patrick Roegies assess the situation

UKRAINE’S DEFENDERS
After Russia, the Ukrainian Air Force received the biggest inheritance from the Soviet air forces following the dissolution of the USSR. Babak Taghvaee analyses the MiG-29s that continue to soldier on in Ukraine

OSPREY SHARPENS ITS TALONS
The revolutionary Osprey tilt-rotor has had its fair share of detractors. Now, however, the V-22 is proving its worth with Air Force Special Operations Command, as Robert F. Dorr describes

COLD LAKE HORNETS
Neil Pearson travels to 4 Wing Cold Lake to report on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-188 operations at what is Canada’s largest fighter base

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

EXERCISE REPORT: RED FLAG GOES INTERNATIONAL
Following last month’s coverage of the first ‘Red Flag’ exercise of the year at Nellis AFB, in February, the USAF rolled almost straight into a March event, aimed more at the international community. Jamie Hunter

News

HEADLINE NEWS
Fiscal Year 2015 and long-term budgets call for cutbacks in overall force levels; A-10 and U-2 fleets are offered up for retirement by the USAF

US NEWS
F-35 arrives at Luke AFB, US Navy eyes additional EA-18G Growlers, and all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
Iranian F-14 Tomcats return to service, Australia goes for MQ-4C Triton and Singapore chooses A330 MRTT

EUROPE NEWS
A400M air-drop trials progress, Croatian ‘Fishbeds’ stuck in Ukraine and Bulgarian MiG-21s back in action

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