Combat Aircraft - November 2010

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Front Line

Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

Colombia's Air Cavalry
Colombia has developed an impressive army aviation capability at an impressive speed. Rogier Westerhuis enjoys unprecedented access to the Colombian Army Aviation Brigade

New life in the Galaxy
Air Mobility Command is eyeing significant long-term savings for its vital Galaxy airlifter fleet through the introduction of the latest C-5M variant. David Axe examines the deep surgery that is giving this mighty airlifter a new lease of life
All change at Holloman
It was stunning news when it reached Holloman AFB last July. As part of a huge reshuffle the US Air Force is taking away the two F-22 Raptor squadrons of the resident 49th Wing and moving in two F-16 training units. Robert F. Dorr examines the impact of the latest developments at Holloman, with exclusive images by James Haseltine

Flying with the `Damos'
The French Navy's E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft operate from its Lann-Bihou‚ home base and from the deck of the carrier Charles de Gaulle. In June 2010, the unit celebrated the tenth anniversary of its transition to the Northrop Grumman aircraft as Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports
Growler School

Brad Elward reveals the latest addition to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC); the EA-18G Growler Weapons School. As with the other weapons schools, the unit will `train the trainers', ensuring that the aircraft and its weapons are being deployed effectively and efficiently by the fleet squadrons
Heroes of the Battle

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Combat Aircraft's Deputy Editor Ben Dunnell tells the story of No 19 Squadron, RAF, a Spitfire unit stationed at Duxford and Fowlmere. Today, it flies the Hawk T1 and new T2 from RAF Valley, and remains deeply proud of its famous heritage

Lucky Devils

HT-28 `Hellions' is attached to Training Air Wing FIVE, one of the most significant units in US naval aviation. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics visits NAS Whiting Field, Florida, home to this advanced helicopter training squadron, and one of the busiest airfields in the US

Fighters Without Borders

Under a unique concept, Nordic countries have developed a program in which fighters from NATO and non-aligned nations perform cross-border DACT (dissimilar air combat training) on a regular basis. Jan Jorgensen samples the action from these exercises over Northern Europe's Arctic frontier
Crewroom

Our regular interactive feature with product reviews and competitions
Final Ramifications

For most squadrons, a return home from a successful wartime deployment is a chance to relax, recuperate and regenerate capabilities. However, for the USAF's 34th Fighter Squadron `Rude Rams', the end of a demanding four-month deployment to Afghanistan gave them little chance to unwind - during the next six weeks the squadron would be inactivated, as Gary Wetzel discovered