Combat Aircraft - November 2012

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SPANISH HARRIER HEROES
Salvador Maf‚ Huertas details the Spanish Navy EAV-8B Harrier IIs in service and reflects on the heritage of the V/STOL jet in Spanish use

THE DANGER ZONE
RAF Mildenhall is home to the US Air Force's 352nd Special Operations Group, equipped with MC-130H Combat Talons and MC-130P Combat Shadows. Gert Kromhout and Marco Dijkshoorn check out the most dangerous job in the transport community

PORTUGUESE MEN OF WAR
The Esquadrilha de Helic¢pteros of the Portuguese Navy and its Lynx helicopters play an important role in the international naval operations against piracy in the waters off the Horn of
Africa, as Emiel Sloot discovers

ROYAL THAI AIR FORCE: AGAINST ALL ODDS
S‚rgio Santana details an air arm with a turbulent early history before increasing American involvement saw it emerge as a key ally in the region. As the RTAF marks its centenary we also bring you exclusive air-to-air imagery from Katsuhiko Tokunaga/DACT

GLORY DAYS - SKY DANCING IN THE `SIX'
The Convair F-106 Delta Dart combined blistering performance with a futuristic automated fire-control system. Warren E. Thompson details how the `Six' was every inch the ultimate interceptor

SPANNING THE GLOBE
Jamie Hunter joins the USAF's Air Operations Squadron that manages the essential, and often complex, movement of jets around the world

FACT FILE - RC-12X: LAST OF THE LINE?
Martin Streetly details how the US Army's Guardrail is approaching the end of the line with the latest RC-12X

SYRIA: A LIBYAN REDUX?
The Libyan campaign of 2011 was notable for both its innovation and efforts made to minimise civilian casualties. As Syrian warplanes strike at Aleppo, Dr Dave Sloggett explores the challenges that would face any military intervention

KINGS OF KADENA
Jake Melampy journeys to Kadena Air Base, on the tropical Japanese island of Okinawa, to visit the F-15Cs of the 18th Wing - and discovers a hive of activity in a strategically critical location

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

ROMAN FLIGHT TEST
Frank Cr‚bas/Bluelife Aviation visits the Aeronautica Militare's (AMI, Italian Air Force own flight-test wing at the large air base of Pratica di Mare, near the town of Pomezia

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
China's new stealth fighter breaks cover, Marine Corps hit hard as insurgents attack Camp
Leatherneck in Afghanistan

US NEWS
US Presidential candidate suggests re-starting F-22 production, Boeing speaks out on new strategy, new Reaper variant flies, and all the latest news on the F-35 programme

UK NEWS
VC10 anniversary mission, Puma HC2 handed over to the RAF, No 1(Fighter) Squadron officially
re-forms

EUROPE NEWS
Netherlands retires F50 and Lynx, Swiss Gripen deal approved and F-4F flies test support missions

WORLD NEWS
First Iraqi C-130J takes to the air, Lockheed Martin completes F-16 deliveries to Morocco and Brazil receives first Seahawk