Combat Aircraft - October 2012

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HEADLINE NEWS
Syrian air war intensifies, first Dutch F-35 makes its maiden flight and exclusive new RQ-170 images

US NEWS
F-35 marks first airborne weapons release, new capabilities for F-15E Strike Eagle and Raptor restrictions are eased

EUROPE NEWS
Russian upgrades detailed, Dutch NH90 enters service and Luftwaffe reveals `Sortie King' Eurofighter

WORLD NEWS
First Singaporean M-346 rolled-out, Indonesian `Flankers' on `Pitch Black' and first Omani C-130J takes to the air

PLUS! Special Reports on the UK's fighter plans for the future, exercises `Hot Blade' and `Maple Flag, the USAF's firefighting Hercules', plus Robert F. Dorr's Front Line column

WOLFPACK WARRIORS
Jim Haseltine travels to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea for exclusive access to the 8th Fighter Wing, as Robert F. Dorr details how this is a combat force that is so thoroughly prepared to prevent conflict on the Korean peninsula

MIRAMAR MUSCLE
Marking sixty years of Marine Aircraft Group 16, Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics reports from this impressive unit, providing an in-depth look at Marine Corps muscle in Southern California

A CENTURY OF RUSSIAN AIR POWER
The Russian Air Force celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular airshow at Zhukovsky air base near Moscow from 10-12 August. Alexander Golz details the wealth of modern fighter jets, bombers, transports and helicopters that participated

SEA BREEZE AT SAKI
This summer saw the Ukrainian Navy host the multinational Exercise `Sea Breeze 2012' that was conducted in the Black Sea from 9-21 July. Thomas Newdick describes this opportunity to examine the Ukrainian Naval Aviation fleet at close hand with exclusive images from Alexander Golz

THE UNMANNED FUTURE
In the post-Cold War world, unmanned aerial vehicles have been embraced with enthusiasm. They seem to offer a compelling vision of the future, but Jon Lake questions `are we really ready for the age of the drones?'

BARDENAS - UNDER THE GUN
Marco Ferrageau de St Amand and Corn‚ Rodenburg travel to the Bardenas Reales National Park, a vast area designated as an aerial gunnery range

ALL-CONQUERING COLOMBIA
Central Colombia and southern Nevada are vastly different locations. Kevin Jackson discovers what drives an air force to trade the jungles of South America for the desert of the American south-west to participate in the USAF's famous `Red Flag' exercise

GLORY DAYS - EYEBALLING THE RUSSIAN BOMBERS
Lt Col (Ret'd) John Scanlan describes how in October 1985 he was designated a Radar Intercept Officer and was sent to Japan, where he was charged with keeping a close watch on Soviet bomber activity.

BOLIVIA'S HIGH-FLYING FIGHTERS
The Bolivian Air Force is the last military operator of the T-33 and is also now flying the Hongdu K-8 jet trainer. Santiago Rivas visits the only air arm with a combat unit home-based at an altitude as high as 13,000ft

SUPER TENDARD - `LA GLORIEUSE'
Gert Kromhout and Stephan de Bruijn embark the carrier Charles de Gaulle to report on Flottille 17F, the last Super tendard Modernis‚ (SEM) unit of the French Marine Nationale

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