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Latest Issue: September 2014 - Vol 15 No 9

FABULOUS ‘FITTERS’ IN THE UK
The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July may have suffered from the no-show by the F-35 Lightning II, but the attendance of three Polish Air Force Su-22 ‘Fitters’ made for a clear highlight among the participants, as Jamie Hunter describes

EXERCISE REPORT: NATO TIGER MEET 2014
Bob Fischer reports as the NATO Tiger Squadrons gather at Schleswig-Jagel in Germany

RETURN OF THE AMOOZIN’ DOGPATCHERS
While Congress struggled with the decision to retire the entire US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet, a former Air Force Reserve Command ‘Warthog’ squadron was being resurrected. Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink/PHODOCU visit the 47th Fighter Squadron ‘Dogpatchers’

A-10: SHOULD IT STAY OR SHOULD IT GO?
As the US Air Force says it needs to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II to save money, others argue that it is a short-sighted move to save other programs. Jamie Hunter analyses the pros and cons of retiring the popular ‘Warthog’

ALL CHANGE AT HOLLOMAN
Holloman Air Force has now lost its two ‘signature’ stealth warplanes, but it is now at the forefront of drone training and also home to the newly arrived F-16s of the 54th Fighter Group, as Robert F. Dorr discovers. Exclusive images by Jim Haseltine

EXERCISE REPORT: RUSSIAN TOP GUN
The final stage of the second edition of the ‘Aviadarts’ gunnery competition, involving all Russian Air Force branches, took place in the last week of May. Andrey Zinchuk and Alexander Mladenov were there

UNIT REPORT: THE JERSEY DEVILS
The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing, known as the ‘Jersey Devils’, has been flying jet fighters from Atlantic City’s airport for 56 years. Dr Richard Porcelli looks into how the unit operates and shows how the US taxpayer gets ‘more bang for the buck’ from the Air National Guard

UKRAINIAN HEAVYWEIGHTS
The Ukrainian Air Force inherited no fewer than 243 Su-24s — the second-largest ‘Fencer’ fleet in the world. Babak Taghvaee finds out more about the remnants of this previously mighty force

AIR POWER REVIEW: FUERZA AÉREA ARGENTINA
Once one of the most powerful air arms in Latin America, the Argentine Air Force has suffered from years of budget cuts and poor planning, as Santiago Rivas details

THE LONGHORNS AND THE SIERRA
The reliable MH-60S makes an excellent search and rescue aircraft. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics joins the ‘Longhorns’ of Air Operations Department Fallon and their trio of ‘Sierras’

EXERCISE REPORT: TURKISH DELIGHT
Derek Bower attends exercise ‘Anatolian Eagle’, the latest edition of which saw the ¬ first participation by Qatar with its Mirage 2000-5s

PILOT PROFILE: CF-18 DEMONSTRATION TEAM
Stuart Sanders meets Capt Adam ‘Manik’ Runge, this year’s Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 demonstration pilot

PROWLER FINALE
Rich Cooper and Steve Comber embark the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) to witness the US Navy EA-6B Prowler on its last ever cruise with VAQ-134 ‘Garudas’

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

News

HEADLINE NEWS
F-35 grounding order prevents international debut

US NEWS
US Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter contract awarded, Next- Gen bomber request for proposals and Mountain Home Strike Eagles receive new radar

EUROPE NEWS
Euro-fighter submits proposal to Denmark for new fighter and first series production Il-38N makes inaugural flight

WORLD NEWS
Japanese stealth fighter formally revealed, Korean F-16s prepare for upgrade and F-15SGs on ‘Red Flag’

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