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Latest Issue: March 2016 - Vol 17 No.3

F-15C FROM THE COCKPIT

EAGLE DRIVER FIGHT’S ON!
Representing nothing less than a revolution in air combat when it first appeared in 1972, the F-15 Eagle remains the yardstick by which other Western fighters are measured. Retired US Air Force F-15C pilot Doug ‘Disco’ Dildy takes us aloft for some fast-paced basic fighter maneuvers

ON A ‘KNIFE’ EDGE
US Air Force Eagle driver Maj Ben ‘Evil’ Cook provides a from-the-cockpit account of deployment to a wintry Iceland as a young wingman — and a not-to-be-forgotten recovery to Keflavík in atrocious conditions

EAGLE CENTERSPREAD
Jamie Hunter photographs a four-ship of F-15Cs from the 122nd Fighter Squadron, Louisiana Air National Guard, based at New Orleans

MiG KILLERS OF ‘DESERT STORM’
25 years on from Operation ‘Desert Storm’, Warren Thompson recalls how the F-15C was a major force for the coalition. Capt Jay ‘OP’ Denney recounts the events of January 27, 1991, when he and his wingman flew one of the most memorable engagements of the war

ADVANCED JET TRAINING

CLASSIC TALON
Michael Keaveney looks at Pacer Classic III, the US Air Force’s latest Northrop T-38 Talon life extension program

WHERE EAGLES SOAR
Chris Balmer and Mark Rourke visit the Hellenic Air Force’s 120 Air Training Wing at Kalamata, the home of both the Texan II and Buckeye trainers

MASTER COMES OF AGE
Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera fly with the 61° Stormo at Lecce-Galatina, now home to the T-346A Master as Italy’s Aeronautica Militare inducts this new trainer into its pilot training program

DUTCH MASTERS
Stephan de Bruijn explains how the Royal Netherlands Air Force is gearing up for the arrival of the F-35A. This means finding a new fighter lead-in training platform — and the M-346 Master might just fit the bill

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
US Air Force gives A-10 a reprieve, first A-29 Super Tucanos delivered to Afghanistan

US News
US Navy finally retires S-3 Viking, F-35 production ramps up and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including China’s ‘Growler’ clone, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

SPECIAL K
Known as the King Stallion, Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K represents the third generation of the heavy-lift helicopter, as Tom Kaminski details

PEGASUS AT THE TOP END
Roy Choo joins the Aviation Combat Element of the 2015 Marine Rotational Force — Darwin during its deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory late last year

SKYHAWK SUNDOWN
Yissachar Ruas looks back at the final days of the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk in Israeli service

GALAXY QUEST
Neil Dunridge heads to Dover AFB to talk C-5M Super Galaxy

‘BLOODHOUND’ VIKINGS BOW OUT
Although the S-3 Viking was retired from operational service in 2009, test squadron VX-30 ‘Bloodhounds’ continued flying the type at NBVC Point Mugu until January. Scott Dworkin reports

THE DRAGON’S CLAWS
Andreas Rupprecht details the latest intelligence on the ‘mud-movers’ of the People’s Liberation Army, including the advanced J-16

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

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