Combat Aircraft - August 2013xx

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F-4 Farewell Souvenir Issue

PHANTOM PHAREWELL
There are few aircraft types that draw the following of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. For the German Luftwaffe, this has been a 40-year love affair. As the type is finally retired by its last Luftwaffe unit, Jamie Hunter and Rich Cooper detail the end of the German Phantoms

GLORY DAYS: BACKBONE OF THE LUFTWAFFE
It is hard to underestimate the contribution the F-4 Phantom II has made to the modern Luftwaffe over the course of more than 40 years. Ben Dunnell talks to former F-4F and RF-4E pilots for this salute to the ‘Rhino’s’ history in Germany

THE PHINAL CHAPTER
With exclusive images, Jamie Hunter and Rich Cooper report from Wittmund, the last home of the Luftwaffe’s Phantoms

Features

Fact File: CHINA’S GIANT BIRD
The first flight of the Y-20 heavy airlifter earlier this year marked not only yet another publicity coup, but also a major technological achievement for China’s aviation industry. Andreas Rupprecht reports

Portugal’s Last Alpha Jets
The Alpha Jet is something of an endangered species in Portuguese skies. Paulo Mata visits Esquadra 103 ‘Caracóis’ at Beja air base

VENEZUELAN VIPERS
Venezuela was the first Latin American operator of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and one of the first outside NATO. Santiago Rivas details Venezuela’s ‘Vipers’ — still on the front line of the Aviación Militar Bolivariana Venezolana

EXERCISE REPORT: ANGEL THUNDER
Marnix Sap and Christiaan Sap head to the US for Exercise ‘Angel Thunder’ at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

FIGHTER FOCUS: ‘FLANKER’ ASCENDANT Par t 1
In the first of a two-part series, Alexander Mladenov profiles the original Su-27 and its developments, including the upgraded Su-27SM and carrier-based Su-33

EXERCISE REPORT: COPE NORTH
To give credibility to the Obama administration’s ‘pivot’ towards Asia, the B-52 is often out in front during exercises aimed at preparing for a real-world crisis. Robert F. Dorr details ‘Cope North’, mounted from the US territory of Guam last February

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

CODS OF WAR
Neil Pearson joins the ‘Rawhides’ of VRC-40 to gain insight into the vital carrier on-board delivery role, and sees the mission spectrum of the venerable C-2A Greyhound expanding to meet new requirements. US Navy

News

HEADLINE NEWS
US military sets operational dates for F-35, Typhoon E-Scan radar moves forward and highlights from Paris Air Show 2013

US NEWS 
Boeing plans Next-Gen Super Hornet testing, Boeing EMARRS flies and Prowler fleet draws down

UK NEWS
RAF graduates first Hawk T2 students and Merlins withdraw from Afghanistan

EUROPE NEWS
French Mirage F1s in the Baltics, NATO Tiger specials plus latest Airbus Military news

WORLD NEWS
First Indian C-17 delivered, Iranian military parade plus Korean fighter competition decision expected