Combat Aircraft - March 2011

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WORLD NEWS
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FRONT LINE
Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

ICE OTTER
Cees-Jan van der Ende photographed one of the Fuerza A‚rea de Chile's DHC-6-300 Twin Otters over one of the nation's most spectacular national parks, Torres del Paine

LUKE SKYWALKERS
The home of stateside F-16 training, Robert F. Dorr reports from Luke AFB. The future of the Arizona base might be linked to uncertainties over the F-35A, but in the meantime Luke is continuing to produce trained F-16 pilots and maintainers to fulfill
US and foreign assignments around the world. Exclusive photos from James Haseltine

NEW BANG FOR THE `BONE'
The B-1B Lancer recorded yet another milestone last November 17, when a single jet dropped the laser- and GPS-aided GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) on three separate targets over the China Lake Test and Training Range in California, as Jake Melampy reports

RAPTOR - END OF THE LINE
As Lockheed Martin prepares to end F-22 production, the manufacturer has one eye on future upgrades. David Axe discovers how the Marietta plant is giving the Joint Strike Fighter program expertise assembled by the Raptor-builders

HELLO EC635. GOODBYE ALOUETTE
December the Swiss AF retired its final Alouette III helicopters after more than 46 years of faithful service. Neil Pearson reports from Alpnach, in central Switzerland, to see how the venerable Alouette III - for so many years a symbol of the Alpine air arm - has given way to its worthy successor, the Eurocopter EC635

EAGLES IN THE STORM - PART 2
Having claimed six Iraqi fighters before the sun had even risen on the morning of
January 17, 1991, the US Air Force's F-15C Eagles were on their way to establishing
air superiority over southern and northern Iraq. In this, the second part of a two-part feature, Steve Davies completes his overview of the Eagle's kills during Operation
`Desert Storm'

RAF -A FORCE IN DECLINE
In December 2010, Air Vice-Marshal Greg Bagwell, the commander of the RAF's No 1 Group, outlined a vision of a future RAF that would, sometime after 2017, include just six front-line fixed-wing fast-jet squadrons. In this special report, Jon Lake looks at the stark reality facing the RAF

KING OF THE WAVES
As the Sea King enters the twilight of its career with the Canadian Forces, Neil Pearson visits 12 Wing Shearwater to discover that the Maritime Helicopter (MH) community has diversified and is busier than ever

CREWROOM
Our regular interactive feature with product reviews and competitions

PATRULLA AGUILA AT 25
In June 2010 the Spanish AF display team, the acclaimed Patrulla Aguila (Eagle Patrol), celebrated its 25th anniversary at its San Javier home base, in Murcia, in the south of Spain. Henri-Pierre Grolleau flies with the team as it marks a poignant milestone

SPAIN'S F1 TEAM
Although soon to be retired, the Mirage F1 celebrated its 35th anniversary in Spanish AF service in 2010. Marco Ferrageau de Saint Amand and Corn‚ Rodenburg detail the upgraded Mirage F1M, which is still a very important asset within the Spanish AF fast-jet force