Combat Aircraft - May 2011

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WORLD NEWS
US Marine Corps signs for F-35C  Second Sukhoi T-50 flies  Typhoon drops Paveway IV  Libyan rescue missions  Japan's tsunami tragedy

PLUS! Special reports on the Libyan crisis and Lakenheath F-15Es in Sardinia

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

BOEING WINS KC-X
The USAF has finally awarded its KC-X contract. On February 24, it was announced Boeing had beaten European rival EADS in the competition to build 179 new tankers. David Axe and Jon Lake evaluate the outcome of this fascinating procurement project

NIMROD R1 REPRIEVED
As Combat Aircraft closed for press, growing rumors suggested that the out-of-service date for Britain's signals intelligence Nimrod R1s, planned for March 31, 2011, would be delayed. Jon Lake reviews how a continuing need for the capabilities of the Nimrods has arisen

Fight Club
Andy Wolfe flies with the USAF Weapons School exclusively for Combat Aircraft, while Jamie Hunter meets key members of the school whose imperative it is to ensure that Air Combat Command's airmen are kept at the top of their game

HYPER VIPERS
Though all F-16s share a common configuration, and look very similar, the Fighting Falcon has been dramatically developed and improved over the years. Jon Lake details the Block 50 variants and beyond, also known as the `Hyper Vipers'

ADIOS MIRAGE
A new version of Dassault's classic fighter was introduced to Latin America from 1978, with the arrival of the powerful Mirage F1 in Ecuador. For more than three decades, these jets spearheaded the Ecuadorian AF's air defense capabilities, as
Santiago Rivas reports

WINGS OF GOLD
As a tribute to the Centenary of Naval Aviation we feature Tyson V. Rininger's
fabulous photograph of the world's only flying SB2C Helldiver flying on formation with a retro-painted F/A-18C Hornet from VFA-122 `Flying Eagles'

EAGLE RESURGENT
David Axe examines how the USAF's remaining F-15C Eagles are now toting advanced actively-scanned radars to allow them to work in concert with `silver bullet' F-22 Raptors

BRAWLER NATION
In one violent year in Afghanistan, the US Army's Task Force Brawler changed
the face of US Army aviation forever. John R. Bruning reports from the front
line, exclusively for Combat Aircraft

AERO INDIA 2011
When the country in possession of the world's fourth-largest air force hosts an
international aerospace exhibition, it is bound to be a notable affair, as Dr Andreas Zeitler discovered. Additional reporting by Robert Hewson

LEAN AND MEAN
Igor Salinger attended the recent `Usće' 2011 display exercise in Belgrade, which saw Serbia showcase a smaller, all-professional air force

LONG LIVE THE PERSIAN
SEA KING!
With a third Sea King refurbished and re-delivered to the Iranian Navy, Babak Taghvaee looks at the eventful history of the ASH-3D In Iranian service

TORNADO F3 FROM THE
COCKPIT
As the curtain comes down on the Tornado F3's illustrious service with the Royal Air Force, Ian Black remembers the early days of Tornado Air Defence Variant operations

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