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Latest Issue: May 2015 - Vol 16 No 5

THE ‘SUNDOWNERS’
Undisputed experts in the arena of US Navy air-to-air training, José M. Ramos straps in with the ‘Sundowners’ of Fighter Composite Squadron One Eleven (VFC-111)

VIGILANTE TRANSFORMERS
Jamie Hunter meets the ‘Vigilantes’ of the Montana ANG, and looks at their new mission, with exclusive images by Jim Haseltine

THE STELLAR PERFORMER 70
Tom Kaminski reviews the status of Air Mobility Command’s mighty C-5 Galaxy and its latest upgrade program

NAVY FIREFIGHTERS
Barry D. Smith discovers how the US Navy is now on call and able to assist local authorities when wildfires get out of hand

COMBAT REPORT: STARSHIP VINSON
A photo report from Mathias Leischner and Ralf Peter Walter aboard USS Carl Vinson in the waters of the Persian Gulf as the carrier’s embarked Carrier Air Wing 17 takes the fight to Islamic State

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

GUNNING FOR THE A-10
The US Air Force leadership says it no longer needs the A-10 Thunderbolt II. It wants to strip A-10 funding to help it fully support the newer F-35 Lightning II. But have they all got it all wrong, asks Ken Neubeck?

SAVE THE A-10… WHY BOTHER?
Jon Lake questions whether sentiment, mistyeyed nostalgia and innate conservatism have generated the storm of outrage at the US Air Force’s plan to withdraw the A-10C Thunderbolt II from service early

INDUSTRY REPORT: NEW LIFE FOR CROATIA’S MIGS
Despite the receipt of additional ex-Algerian aircraft and an avionics upgrade in Ukraine, the Croatian Air Force has struggled to extend the life of its venerable Soviet-era MiG-21s as Antonio Prlenda reports

DRAGON FIGHTERS
Although certain elements of its fighter force remain dated in comparison to other modern air arms, China has introduced an impressive number of new types, with the next generation already under test. Andreas Rupprecht reviews the Chinese fighter force

THE LAVI ARRIVES
With the arrival of the first pair of Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master jet trainers (named Lavi in Israeli service) the final phase in the renewal of the Israeli Air Force’s training fleet began. Ofer Zidon reports

INDUSTRY REPORT: THE DELTA MONGOOSE
In its latest guise the A129 Mangusta is a formidable performer. Massimo Baldassini and Daniele Mattiuzzo detail the type’s upgrades that provide continued relevance on the battlefield

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
A-10 on the chopping block as USAF looks at lower cost options

US News
E-2D makes maiden cruise, Air National Guard seeks F-16 radar upgrade and new F-35 basing plans outlined

World News
New Chinese AWACS breaks cover, Libya receives additional MiG-21s and rare ‘Frogfoot’ photographed

Europe News
Typhoon tests aerodynamic enhancements, first Italian F-35 rolled out and upgraded NATO AWACS flies

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