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February 2013 - Volume 14 Number 2

US AIR fORcE AIR POWER 2013
Although the service remains heavily committed around the globe, the USAF, like its sister services, is beginning to feel the pinch of ever-smaller budgets. Tom Kaminski provides his ultimate overview of the service in 2013

HIGH-ALTITUDE HEAVYWEIGHTS
Mick Balter joins the German Army’s CH-53s during a mountain flying exercise

WINGS OF THE APACHE
Born out of a 1970s requirement to develop an Advanced Attack Helicopter for the US Army, the AH-64 Apache has evolved into a much more capable platform than the Cold War Soviet tank-killer it was originally intended to be, as Vince Powell details.

FIGHTING ‘FULLBACK’!
Sukhoi’s two-seat strike derivative of the Su-27 ‘Flanker’ emerged as one of the potential winners of the post-Soviet Russian Air Force. Piotr Butowski details its origins and how this powerful fighterbomber is now entering Russian service

FACT FILE — ALPHAVILLE
Henri-Pierre Grolleau travels to Cazaux where French Air Force fast jet pilot training with modernised Alpha Jets will allow future pilots more easily to convert to front-line fighters

VOLKEL VIPERS
Once, the Royal Netherlands Air Force operated the largest F-16 fleet outside the US, but defence cuts have since slashed the force. Gert Kromhout reports from Volkel, the stronghold of the Dutch ‘Vipers’. With exclusive photos by Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation

GLORY DAYS — ‘HOGS’ ON THE CENTRAL FRONT
Warren E. Thompson looks back at the A-10 ‘Warthogs’ of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing. Home-based at RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge, the wing’s jets regularly rotated through Forward Operating Locations closer to the potential front lines

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

HEADLINE NEWS
Canada re-evaluates its F-35 plans and the first of the next batch of Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoons takes to the air

US NEWS
X-47B goes to sea, F-35B drops laser-guided bomb and first CH-53K takes shape

UK NEWS
Typhoon fires Meteor for first time, pilots start F-35 training and Lynx carries new defensive aids test equipment

EUROPE NEWS
Neuron makes first flight, Luftwaffe reveals first ‘retro’ F-4F, and new schemes for Russian ‘Flankers’

WORLD NEWS
BAE Systems flies Damocles on Typhoon for Saudi Arabia, first DARIN III Jaguar enters testing, and new colours for Australian Hawks


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