Combat Aircraft - September 2011

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WORLD NEWS
 RAF Leuchars to close
 First F-35 arrives at Eglin
 USAF buys E-11 BACN
 Hawk withdrawn from Polish trainer contest
 Chinese UAV revealed
 Raptor deliveries halted

PLUS! Special reports on the end of Hercules operations at RAF Lyneham, the Paris air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo and the first cruise for the USS George H. W. Bush

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

HARRIER HIT SQUAD
The US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II is an instrumental component of the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Ted Carlson/ Fotodynamics talks with Marine Attack Squadron 214 `Black Sheep'

ON TIME, ON TARGET
Neil Pearson joins VMAT-203 to reveal how the US Marine Corps trains Harrier pilots at MCAS Cherry Point and on detachment at MCAS Yuma

FIGHTER FOCUS
SUPER HORNET
The Super Hornet has proved itself in combat and now serves as the backbone of the US Navy strike fighter community. Jamie Hunter takes an in-depth look at the F/A‑18E/F and the EA-18G Growler. Includes EA-18G cutaway diagram

UNITED STATES NAVY CENTENNIAL REVIEW
Combat Aircraft's latest air power update finds US Naval Aviation celebrating its 100th anniversary. Tom Kaminski's exhaustive review provides the lowdown on the current structure and assignments

THE FUTURE UNMANNED?
The US Navy is working hard to develop its air wing of the future. Rob Coppinger assesses the projects that aim to bring the first battle drones to the fleet.

TYPHOON TIMES
The Eurofighter Typhoon has notched up its combat debut in Libya, but just how much progress has the aircraft made towards securing vital export orders? Jamie Hunter evaluates the program

THE MIGHTY. HUNTED
Thirty-seven years of RAF operations by the Nimrod R1 came to an end on June 28 at RAF Waddington. Denis J. Calvert details how the Nimrod took part in almost every conflict in which British forces were involved, from the Cold War through the Falklands and the Gulf War to recent operations over Libya

TURKISH DELIGHT
Derek Bower reports from Turkey's centennial anniversary airshow, an event that drew nothing but praise for the hosts, for both the content of the show and its organization

THE LAST FRONTIER
This year's first Alaskan edition of `Red Flag' took place in the last two weeks of April. Frank Visser joined the Dutch `Vipers' at Eielson AFB as they participated in the exercise

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