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NO ROOM FOR ERROR
Transporting the President of the United States is an important job embraced by HMX-1, using its VH-3D or VH-60N helicopters. Ted Carlson flies with the specialised and immaculate fleet of this hard-working Marine Corps unit

ECUADORIAN DELTAS
The primary combat assets of the Ecuadorian Air Force comprise a mixture of IAI Kfir and Denel Cheetah fighters, with combat experience against Peru in 1995. Santiago Rivas reports on one of the most significant operators of the Mirage family

MIGREMONT
Alexander Golz and Thomas Newdick detail the MiGremont works in Ukraine, one of the most experienced facilities for
the maintenance and upgrade of Sovietdesigned warplanes

WARTHOG AT 40
Originally designed for the Cold War mission in Europe, the A-10 Thunderbolt II proved adaptable enough to take on
combat roles in very different theatres of operations. Forty years after its first flight, Ken Neubeck looks back at a sometimes controversial programme

GLORY DAYS: ITALY'S SPILLONE
Fifty years ago the F-104 Starfighter entered service with the Aeronautica Militare Italiana, marking the start of an
illustrious era in Italian military aviation, as Marco Rossi reminisces

AIR POWER REVIEW: ISRAEL
Giovanni Colla is granted privileged access to one of the most secretive and advanced air forces in the world - and details how Israel has been able to transform and renew its air arm

FACT FILE - PAMPA RANGE
Manolito Jaarsma visits the Belgian Air Force's Pampa air-to-ground bombing and gunnery range as it celebrates its 60th anniversary

US COAST GUARD AIR POWER 2013
Tom Kaminski details the air power assets of the United States Coast Guard, the smallest of the United States' five armed forces

PHROG MAFIA
The CH-46 Sea Knight - universally known as the `Phrog' - is an ageing workhorse for the US Marine Corps. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics visits Camp Pendleton, one of the last CH-46 strongholds

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

NEW YORK SKI HERCS
The 109th Airlift Wing is unique among C-130 units as it routinely operates in some of the most extreme weather conditions, providing a lifeline for the National Scientific Foundation in Antarctica and Greenland, as Paul Giannico discovers. USAF

News

HEADLINE NEWS
France targets terrorist groups in Mali, F-35B grounded and Turkey delays F-35 purchase

US NEWS
F-35 operational test report analysed, M-346 targets US trainer requirement and major US defence cuts are avoided

UK NEWS
National Audit Office report reviewed, UK pilots commence F-35B training

EUROPE NEWS
A400M appears in French colours, Sweden approves Gripen E and C-295 AEW flies with winglets

WORLD NEWS
BAE Systems sells Typhoons to Oman, first Indian C-17 flies, and Brazil tests new smart weapon