Combat Aircraft - August 2012

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GLOBAL REACH
The Royal Air Force initially acquired the C-17 as a stopgap. Dr Dave Sloggett explains how it has become part of the core capabilities of the RAF

RED BARON RHINOS
On 30 June 2013, the Luftwaffe will bid a final farewell to the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II. CA editor Jamie Hunter joins Jagdgeschwader 71 `Richthofen' for an exclusive photo flight

GREEK RECON RHINOS
Paul van den Hurk and Hans Looijmans report from Larissa on how the future of the last Greek RF-4Es of 348 Mira looks decidedly bleak

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
NASA ER-2s have been developed from the famous U-2. Dr S‚an Wilson visited the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California, to gain an insight into Earth Resources (ER) operations

GLORY DAYS: TOPGUN
TOPGUN - the US Navy Fighter Weapons School - was the place to be for any ambitious fighter jock in the early 1990s. Marine Corps WSO Capt John Scanlan tells the story of running the gauntlet of the TOPGUN Aggressors.

ARCTIC TIGERS
As the NATO Tiger Meet returns to Norway, CA's deputy editor Ben Dunnell reports from the 2012 event

READY FOR ACTION
Giovanni Colla joins Team NH90 at Viterbo and Luigino Caliaro visits 5ø Gruppo Elicotteri at Luni to analyse the latest rotorcraft to enter service with the Italian Army and Navy

SPIRITED TALONS
The T-38 Talon is the perfect tool to keep B-2 pilots' flying skills honed. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics visits Whiteman AFB, Missouri, to see the Companion Trainer Program in action

RUSSIA'S EYE IN THE SKY
Anatoliy Shevchenko provides a rare insight into the dwindling Russian fleet of A-50s and their current upgrade programme

TO THE EDGE AND BEYOND
A posting to the Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB ensures a select few aviators will be challenged to the very limits of their capabilities, as Dr S‚an Wilson discovers

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

RED FLAG ALASKA
Polish Air Force F-16Cs have made their first visit to the USA for exercise `Red Flag Alaska' -
first report and exclusive images only in CA! Jamie Hunter

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Gripen prepares to test AESA radar, A400M launches unique formation mission

US NEWS
F-35C flies at night for first time, end of the line for QF-4 conversions plus all the latest
deployment and unit news

UK NEWS
No 1(F) Squadron is officially reforming, eighth C-17 for RAF and first Wildcat delivered

EUROPE NEWS
Italy retires last F-16s, JSF procurement moves and special missions Tu-214 is revealed

WORLD NEWS
Saudi Arabia orders Hawks, South Korean fighter contest opens and Qatar requests Black Hawks