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Latest Issue: February 2015 - Vol 16 No 2

MARINE PROWLERS
The US Navy may have said farewell to the EA-6B Prowler, but the US Marine Corps is set to fly on with this charismatic electronic warfare aircraft until 2019. Jamie Hunter travels to MCAS Cherry Point to see the mighty Prowlers in action, with additional reporting by Dr Séan Wilson

UNIT REPORT: EDWARDS TESTERS
Although the days of ‘Chuck’ Yeager flying the Bell X-1 over southern California have long been consigned to history, Edwards AFB is still home to ‘The Right Stu ’. Frank Visser reviews the current situation at the largest test wing within the USAF

COMBAT REPORT: IRAN TAKES ON ISLAMIC STATE
Babak Taghvaee evaluates how Iranian F-4 Phantom IIs have been conducting strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq in November

SPECIAL REPORT: AT DAJIAOCHANG
Ivan Voukadinov presents an exclusive photo-report from Nanjing-Dajiaochang, currently home to an impressive force of PLAAF H-6 bombers

ALPINE EXPERTS
Cristian Schrik travels to Hörsching, the Austrian Air Force’s largest air base, where the Düsentrainersta el (Jet Trainer Squadron) and its Saab 105s are responsible for both pilot training and defending Austrian airspace


‘RED WOLVES’ SPECIAL OPS
US Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 (HSC-84) ‘Red Wolves’ made a unique visit to Europe in 2014. Cristian Schrik flew with the unit and presents a profile of its Executive Officer

UNIT REPORT: KOREAN KIOWAS
The US Army has been strengthening its presence on the Korean peninsula in terms of both numbers and equipment. Gordon Arthur reports from Camp Humphreys, home of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (2 CAB)

GLORY DAYS: BOMBCATS OF AIR WING 8
In June 1996 Warren E. Thompson spent time on the USS John F. Kennedy with Carrier Air Wing 8. As the aircrew conducted carrier qualifications, he spoke to some of the more seasoned pilots about their experiences at a time when the F-14 was taking on the ‘Bombcat’ role

TAIWAN’S TERRIFIC TRACKERS
The Republic of China still operates the venerable Grumman S-2 Tracker in the maritime roles for which this aircraft was originally designed. However, the end of the type’s long and distinguished career is approaching rapidly, as Gert Kromhout and Stephan de Bruijn report from Pingtung Air Force Base

TO SUPPRESS AND DESTROY
Jonathan Derden and Scott Wolff present a history of the US Air Force Wild Weasels and chart the progress of the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission during past conflicts

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

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
A-10 reprieved as it enters Iraq operations

US News
MV-22 Osprey tests rockets and missiles, F-35 engine inspections latest and all the unit news from around the US military

World News
Iranian Tomcat update, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force celebrates 60 years and a review of the new Chinese technology at the Zhuhai air show

Europe News
France orders Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport and Ukraine accelerates MiG-29 upgrades

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