Combat Aircraft - November 2013

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HOGS ON THE RANGE
Douglas Aguillard goes to the Barry M. Goldwater Range for some up-close action with the 355th Wing’s A-10C Thunderbolt IIs

F-22 — AIR COMBAT MASTER?
The F-22 Raptor is undeniably one of the US Air Force’s most impressive aircraft, but it is a fighter that has consistently struggled for relevance. Steve Pace and Jamie Hunter examine the pros and cons of the Raptor

‘ON GUARD, MILE HIGH’
Henk de Ridder joins the 140th Wing in Colorado to observe the local Air Guards in action

ABSOLUTE STARFIGHTERS
In 1958, Lockheed and the Pentagon decided to test the incredible performance of the Starfighter by making a series of record flights. Stephen Chapis presents an in-depth history of those sorties

EXERCISE REPORT: SAUDI-BRITISH GREEN FLAG
Jamie Hunter reports from the ‘Saudi-British Green Flag’ exercise held at RAF Coningsby for the first two weeks of September

ENDANGERED ‘RHINOS’
Many expect the Hellenic Air Force to retire its RF-4E Phantom IIs at any time soon. However, the Greek recce ‘Rhino’ still offers a niche capability, as Ioannis Lekkas details

INDUSTRY REPORT: F-15 RIDING HIGH
The F-15 Silent Eagle looks to have won South Korea’s F-X Phase III fighter competition. Brad Elward examines the aircraft on offer

BACK TO THE BOAT
F-35B completes its second period of sea trials: see our special report. Lockheed Martin/Andy Wolfe

FACT FILE: SOUTH AMERICAN SHOWCASE
Sérgio Santana examines the current plans and prospects in four countries in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela

CENTENARY OF GERMAN NAVAL  AVIATION
On the occasion of 100 years of naval aviation in Germany, Alexander Golz meets the deputy commander of the Naval Air Command and Chief of Staff, for the lowdown on the air arm’s current and future status

ROSTVERTOL: ‘HIND’, ‘HAVOC’ AND ‘HALO’ COUNTRY
Alexander Mladenov visits Russia’s largest helicopter manufacturer, one that has enjoyed considerable success in recent years

‘FOXHOUND’ ON THE DEFENSIVE
A healthy defense budget has finally enabled the Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushniye Sily — VVS) to begin modernizing a number of its aircraft types. Using exclusive photos, Dr Séan Wilson looks at the upgrade program currently being carried out on the MiG-31 fleet

‘THE BUCK STOPS HERE!’
After a deployment was called off last February, the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) finally departed Norfolk, Virginia on July 22. Ioannis Lekkas embarked to witness two very interesting ‘firsts’ for US Naval Aviation

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

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Boeing and Saab may offer Gripen for T-X, USAF faces more cutbacks and Dutch F-35 decision

US NEWS
A-10 news round-up, F-35 latest reports, plus all unit news and deployments detailed

UK NEWS
Royal Navy announces 809 NAS as F-35B squadron and BAE Systems touts 146 tanker aircraft

WORLD NEWS
Exercise ‘Vigilant Eagle’, first upgraded A-1M handed over and new Chinese helicopter spotted

EUROPE NEWS
News and reviews from MAKS 2013, new Czech Gripen deal as Switzerland votes in favour of procurement