Combat Aircraft - November 2011

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WORLD NEWS
 F-22 and F-35 back in the air
 AH-1Z prepares for maiden deployment
 RAF Chinook order announced
 Brazilian Tucano action

PLUS! Special reports on MAKS airshow 2011, Serbia's live fire exercise, the Polish trainer contest, Hungarian helicopters down town, Mexico's airborne urveillance and China's J-10

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

I AM LEGEND
There are few fighter aircraft that hold as cherished a place in the history of military aviation as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. Arguably the world's most advanced of these ageing warriors are the Hellenic AF F-4Es at Andravida. Ioannis Lekkas straps in for a ride in the `Rhino'

LAST BLAST
After 39 years of operational service with the Luftwaffe, the F-4F Phantom II is staring retirement squarely in the face. New budget cuts could even fast-forward the process. Frank Cr‚bas/ Bluelife Aviation flies with JG 71 `Richthofen' for this exclusive report

NH90 PREPARES FOR AFGHANISTAN
Stefan Bttner and Alexander Golz visit Holzdorf, the first Luftwaffe base to host the NH90 as preparations begin for operational deployment of the helicopter in Afghanistan

SENTRY EAGLE
`Sentry Eagle' 2011 was a brief but intense Air National Guard exercise to test fighter pilot skills in the air defense role. Tyler Rogoway reports from the thick of the action with exclusive interviews

ROCKING RODEO
Curt Jans joins Air Mobility Command's biennial Rodeo exercise, held in July at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and now the premier international military airlift competition, attracting units from around the world

TRAINERS OF THE EXTREMADURA
Base A‚rea Talavera la Real is home to Ala 23 and its F-5Ms. Patrick Roegies and Marco Dijkshoorn examine the Spanish lead-in fighter trainer role

DEFENDERS OF THE KINGDOM
The wave of protests across the Middle East in 2011 also extended to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Eric Katerberg and Anno Gravemaker report on the Royal Bahraini Air Force's small but dedicated Helicopter Wing

PROWLER POWER
The EA-6B Prowler is primarily tasked with the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission. Tom Kaminski details an aircraft that is now in the twilight of its career, but remains an important asset both to naval aviation and in support of joint operations

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