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Latest Issue: July 2015 - Vol 16 No 7

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
F-22 fires guided AIM-9X and Boeing eyes Kuwait Super Hornet deal

US News
Nepal earthquake response, fighter expansion at NAS Lemoore and B-1B radar upgrade planned

World News
Qatar signs for Rafale, new Chinese ‘Flanker’ emerges and Textron AirLand Scorpion offered to India

Europe News
A400M crashes in Spain, NATO Tiger Meet and Gripen offered to Austria

FEATURES

JUDGMENT DAY
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) ‘Green Knights’ at MCAS Yuma is set to become America’s first operational F-35 squadron in July. Combat Aircraft editor Jamie Hunter meets the unit that carries a considerable weight of expectation on its shoulders

GUARD EAGLES GO DUTCH!
Frank Crébas flies with the Florida Air National Guard’s 158th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which is detached to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands for a six-month deployment

UNIT REPORT: OUT WITH A BANG!
The 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB is the latest F-16 training unit within Air Education and Training Command that is standing down as the winds of change blow in the F-35 Lightning II. Jamie Hunter talks to the squadron commander, with exclusive images from Jim Haseltine

SPECIAL REPORT: RUSSIA’S
Alexander Golz reviews the 70th anniversary parade of the Red Army’s victory in Europe

EXERCISE REPORT: ‘BAYOU MILITIA’ IN BULGARIA
Eagles from the Louisiana Air National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing deployed to Graf Ignatievo air base in Bulgaria to take part in Exercise ‘Thracian Eagle 2015-1’, as Alexander Mladenov reports

UNIT REPORT: ‘PANTHERS’ PREPARE FOR AFGHANISTAN
As the Afghan Air Force prepares to return home to commence combat operations with the A-29, Neil Dunridge visits the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB

FORCE MULTIPLIERS
Aerial refueling has been a feature of aviation since the inter-war period, but tankers are a costly business, beyond reach of all but the most committed militaries. Thomas Newdick, with Santiago Rivas and Babak Taghvaee, reviews the world tanker market

FACT FILE: LEGENDARY ‘LITTLE BIRDS’
Fifty-two years after the first flight of the Hughes Model 369, the latest MD530G and AH-6i are now leading contenders in the armed aerial scout market. Babak Taghvaee describes the latest armed versions of this classic helicopter

UNIT REPORT: SILVER WINGS
A new breed of flying officer is emerging from the US Air Force’s 479th Training Group, which makes its home not on an Air Force base but at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Robert F. Dorr talks training while Jim Haseltine provides the photographs

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

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