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Latest Issue: October 2014 - Vol 15 No 10

US AIR FORCE 2014
Robert F. Dorr opens Combat Aircraft’s detailed overview of America’s air force with a review of the current status of USAF procurement. In the following pages Tom Kaminski provides a detailed look at units, bases and aircraft at a time when challenges have never been bigger for the world’s greatest air force

Features

A NEW AIR WAR OVER SYRIA
Tom Cooper analyses the widely differing reports about the activity of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) in the Syrian civil war during recent months

SPECIAL REPORT: JAPAN’S FUTURE FIGHTER
Mitsubishi’s prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) was rolled out on July 12. Andreas Rupprecht investigates how a maiden flight of the aircraft can be expected later this year

PILOT PROFILE: THE BLUE ANGELS
Ken Neubeck talks to LCDR Nate Barton, Blue Angel 3, to find out how the US Navy Blue Angels are back in action after sequestration all but wiped out their attendance at airshows during 2013

INDUSTRY REPORT: THE CASE FOR THE GROWLER
With renewed questions about the service entry timeline of the F-35C Lightning II and the future importance of electronic attack platforms, Brad Elward evaluates continued efforts to keep the Super Hornet and Growler production line open beyond 2016

BEST OF ENEMIES
With news that the US Air Force’s 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis AFB is to de-activate on September 26, 2014, Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink/PHODOCU make a timely visit to the Nevada base to take a look at the 57th Adversary Tactics Group in action

SPECIAL REPORT: ‘AVIADARTS’ GOES INTERNATIONAL
As reported in last month’s issue, the latest phase of the ‘Aviadarts 2014’ joint exercise involved participants from Russia, Belarus and China. Anatoliy Shevchenko reports

GLORY DAYS: FIRST WITH THE FALCON
As the pioneering US Air Force F-16 unit in Europe, the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn AB, Germany, found itself in the vanguard of forces ranged against the Warsaw Pact. Ben Dunnell recalls this famous wing’s ‘Viper’ era, and recounts how it was also one of the first casualties of post-Cold War cuts

GERMAN EUROFIGHTERS GO MULTI¬ROLE
Alexander Golz flies with the German Luftwaffe as its Eurofighters turn multi-role

BRAZIL’S SOCCER WATCHERS
Cees-Jan van der Ende and Tieme Festner witness preparations by the Brazilian Army for one of the world’s most high-profile sporting events

EXERCISE REPORT: HAWGSMOKE 2014
Every two years the A-10 community comes together to do what ‘Hawgs’ do best — punish targets! Neil Dunridge heads to Arizona and tastes the cordite at ‘Hawgsmoke’

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

SPECIAL REPORT: Luke trains with Litening
CA details how the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB has started training new pilots with the Litening advanced targeting pod. Jim Haseltine

News

HEADLINE NEWS
The latest news from the Iraqi air operation

US NEWS
Aggressor F-15 squadron disbands at Nellis, F-35s set for Eielson and Apache Guardian goes to sea

WORLD NEWS
Fourth J-20 takes flight, Indonesian F-16s delivered and Indian upgrades in trouble

EUROPE NEWS
Russian heavies at ‘Aviadarts’, AWACS upgrades take shape and Naval ‘Hokums’ ordered

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