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Latest Issue: September 2015 - Vol 16 No 9

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
F-35B completes readiness checks ahead of initial operating capability, Dassault delivers first Rafales to Egypt

US News
New bomber decision delayed, EA-6B Prowler retired by US Navy and all the latest unit news

Europe News
A400M deliveries resume, Belgium completes Middle East mission

World News
First Iraqi F-16s delivered to Balad, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

UNIT REPORT: THE QUIET PROFESSIONALS
The 352nd Special Operations Wing is US Air Force Special Operations Command’s European airborne hub. Jamie Hunter flies with the units that support all kinds of clandestine missions and short-notice calls to action

INSIDE AMARG
Known by several different names over the past half-century, the Tucson desert adjacent to the runway at Davis-Monthan AFB has long been recognized around the world as a place of fascination for aviation enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Jake Melampy explores this incredible boneyard

AIR POWER REVIEW: UKRAINIAN AIR FORCE AT WAR
Earlier this year the Ukrainian Air Force opened its doors to a small group of journalists and photographers from across Europe for a briefing on the current status of the air arm. Alexander Golz and Stefan Fax were among the chosen few allowed exclusive access

GLORY DAYS: ‘BLACK KNIGHTS’ RULE
In the first of a two-part feature, Tony Holmes details the work of veteran F-14 squadron VF-154 ‘Black Knights’ during Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ in 2003

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

DEFENDERS OF THE STATES
The Massachusetts Air National Guard is a proud flyer of the F-15C Eagle. As well as deploying around the world, it is heavily committed to defending the homeland. Jamie Hunter reports, with images by Jim Haseltine

THE TURKISH TRAINER
Cristian Schrik visits 2’nci Ana Jet Üs Komutanlıgı (2nd Main Jet Base Command) at Izmir-Çigli, home to 122 Filo ‘Akrepler’ (122 Squadron ‘Scorpions’)

LANCERS IN TRANSYLVANIA
Daniele Faccioli, Alberto Celsan and Giovanni Colla report on Romanian LanceR operations at Câmpia Turzii

FAREWELL BRAVO SEAHAWK!
Over the past three decades the Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk has been a true anti-submarine workhorse for the US Navy. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics joins its last US Navy operators — HSL-60 ‘Jaguars’

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