Combat Aircraft - May 2010

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World News
KC-X: Boeing bids as Northrop Grumman opts out  Boeing lands QF-16 deal  Nimrod MRA4 accepted  F-35 costs soar  A400m deadlock broken

PLUS! A special report on exercise Red Flag

Front Line
Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

The Spirit World
Angus Batey enjoys unprecedented access at Whiteman AFB as he discovers secrets of the B-2 Spirit community. He talks exclusively to RAF exchange pilots and the 509th BW commander

WB-57 - NASA's Eyes on High
A detailed study of the NASA WB-57s discovers that the fleet may be increased and also reports on their recent work in Afghanistan. T. E. Bell gives the latest details on these charismatic high-altitude research aircraft

Exercise `Clockwork'
Patrick Allen packs his thermals for a snowy spell in Norway with the UK Joint Helicopters Command during winter exercise operations

Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron
An intensive program of upgrades and operational goals have made for a busy time for the UK's Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Unit at Boscombe Down, as Patrick Allen discovers

Project Liberty in Action
Neil Dunridge gains exclusive access to the USAF's MC-12W Project Liberty aircraft deployed to Kandahar airfield, in the first of our reports in this issue on Afghanistan Air Operations

Afghan Goldstars
An incredible first-hand account of the RAF's Tornado GR4 operations in Afghanistan by Officer Commanding No 31 Squadron `Goldstars', Wg Cdr Ian Gale

India's Bisons
They may be old but the MiG-21 Bison still represents a valuable capability for the Indian AF, as Dr S‚an Wilson reports from Ambala

Tales of the Vigilante
The largest aircraft to be operational with US Navy carrier air groups, the RA-5C Vigilante saw extensive service in Vietnam. Warren Thompson looks at the career of this impressive beast in this month's Glory Days feature

Our regular interactive feature with product reviews and competitions

Portuguese Falcons
Luigino Caliaro flies with the F-16s of Esquadra 201 `Falcoes' at Monte Real and details the Portuguese AF's conversion to the MLU `Viper'