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Latest Issue: June 2015 - Vol 16 No 6

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
F-35B gears up for IOC, USAF re-aligns B-1 force and India goes for Rafale

US News
F-35C visits Lemoore, X-47B hooks up with Omega tanker and RC-135U’s close call with a ‘Flanker’

World News
Indian LCH conducts mountain trials, Iran’s Saeghe II in flypast and India receives upgraded Mirage 2000s

Europe News
RAF Typhoon special schemes, last JAS 39C delivered to Sweden and latest European F-16 news

FEATURES

COMBAT REPORT: DECISIVE STORM
With surprising speed, Saudi Arabia brought together an unprecedented multi-national force of Arab air arms in its bid to put down the Houthi uprising in Yemen. Arnaud Delalande examines the assets known to be involved in the air campaign

COMBAT REPORT: AIR WAR OVER TIKRIT
Babak Taghvaee evaluates the return of Iraqi combat aircraft in the skies of Tikrit in March, this time with Su-25s of the Iraqi Air Force joining the Mi-35Ms in a renewed attempt to liberate the city

PILOT PROFILE: ‘DEATH RATTLERS’
Doug Aguillard meets Lt Col Brian Schenk, commanding officer of VMFA-323 ‘Death Rattlers’

‘FIGHT’S ON!’
F/A-18A+ Hornets from VFC-12 ‘Fighting Omars’ and VFA-204 ‘River Rattlers’ captured spectacularly during air combat maneuvering near NAS Key West by José M. Ramos

KOTRONI GUARDS
Located near the site of the ancient Battle of Marathon, Naval Air Station Kotroni is the heart of Hellenic Naval Aviation, as Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit discover

INDUSTRY REPORT: T-X SHAPES UP
Combat Aircraft editor Jamie Hunter evaluates the US Air Force’s list of T-X requirements as contractors vie to land the contract for this lucrative program

‘BULLDOGS’ ON TOUR
On February 13, A-10Cs from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron ‘Bulldogs’, normally based at Davis- Monthan AFB, Arizona, touched down at Spangdahlem for a six-month deployment in Europe. Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink/PHODOCU report

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

FEELING THE FORCE AT LUKE
The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB is becoming a center of excellence for F-35A training as the Lightning II’s capabilities expand. Jamie Hunter talks F-35 training, with images by Jim Haseltine

EXERCISE REPORT: SENTRY SAVANNAH
Jonathan Derden goes behind the scenes during exercise ‘Sentry Savannah’, as units seek a more cost-effective way of training together

AIR POWER REVIEW: AIR MOBILITY COMMAND 2015
Tom Kaminski provides an overview of the Air Mobility Command mission and details the aircraft and units of this vital USAF command

KEEPING THE TANKERS FLYING
Michael Keaveney visits Tinker AFB to see where AMC’s KC-135Rs are stripped down every five years for a thorough overhaul

INDUSTRY REPORT: LIMA 2015
Babak Taghvaee analyses developments at the biennial LIMA exhibition in Malaysia

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