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Latest Issue: December 2014 - Vol 15 No 12

FREE AIR POWER 2015 CALENDAR

OPERATION ‘INHERENT RESOLVE’
As President Obama vowed to ‘go after’ Islamic State (IS), an air coalition was formed to strike from above. Combat Aircraft analyses how much can air power alone can achieve in the fight against the jihadists

COMBAT REPORT: RAPTOR STRIKES!
In the early hours of September 23 over Syria, the US Air Force’s ‘superfighter’, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, made its combat debut. Jamie Hunter evaluates the significance of these missions

VOYAGER: A NEW ERA FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
When the UK called for a new tanker/ transport aircraft, a novel solution was sought. Jamie Hunter looks at how the Voyager is today producing impressive results

CANADA’S EASTERN EXPEDITION
Tensions around Ukraine have seen the entire NATO partnership being mobilized while quick-response forces deploy to the region for multi-national exercises and shows of force. As part of the Canadian contribution, a ‘six-pack’ of CF-188s is now on the Baltic Air Policing mission, as Frank Crébas reports

EXERCISE REPORT: ‘TOP END’ WARRIORS
Mike Yeo heads to the clear blue skies and wide expanses of Australia’s Northern Territory as a variety of nations participate in the multi-national Exercise ‘Pitch Black’

ALPINE ALERT
Seven years since it first arrived at Zeltweg, the Eurofighter Typhoon is now very much at home in Austrian skies, and 2014 has been an important year. Frank Crébas reports

EXERCISE REPORT: HIGHWAY PATROL
Gordon Arthur attends the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF)’s exercises on public highways

GLORY DAYS: DEVIL DOGS OVER AFGHANISTAN
One year into the coalition campaign launched against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US Marines Corps sent six of its AV-8B Harrier IIs from MCAS Yuma to Bagram Airfield. Warren E. Thompson presents a compelling story from the aircrews of VMA-513 ‘Flying Nightmares’ as they recall an eventful, and challenging, deployment

SO LONG ‘SLUF’
The last operational Vought A-7 Corsair IIs have been retired from service. For the final time, Ioannis Lekkas had the chance to experience operations within the world’s last remaining A-7 squadron, talking to the Hellenic Air Force’s Corsair personnel and assessing their important work as the type headed for retirement

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

AIR POWER REVIEW: JAPAN
A return towards Cold War levels of air interceptions of Chinese and Russian intruders is just one challenge that faces the Japan Air Self-Defense Force today. Sérgio Santana and Rich Cooper review the Japanese air arms

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
The latest news from the Iraqi air operation, plus F-35 engine latest and RAF retains three Tornado GR4 squadrons

US NEWS
First Super Tucanos form the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody AFB, and all the latest news from the F-35 program, plus all the latest deployment and unit news

WORLD NEWS
First Royal Australian Air Force F-35A flies and Embraer KC-390 is rolled out

EUROPE NEWS
Belgium ends Afghan role for F-16s and Bulgaria eyes second-hand F-16s from Greece

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