Combat Aircraft - March 2015

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
RAF Mildenhall to close and Boeing makes KC-46 maiden flight

US News
V-22 Osprey to become new carrier on-board delivery platform, Weapons School receives F-35, and all the latest unit news from around the US military

World News
First Australian F-35A arrives at Luke AFB, Iraqi F-16s arrive in Tucson to begin training, and Korean KF-X shapes up

Europe News
Dutch F-35As arrive at Edwards for operational test, and SDB testing starts for EPAF ‘Vipers’

FEATURES

INDUSTRY REPORT: SCORPION TESTING CONTINUES
Having enjoyed a successful 2014, Textron AirLand is eyeing a busy 2015 schedule. Jamie Hunter discusses plans for its Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft

UNIT REPORT: AVIANO ‘VIPERS’
As the US attempts to extricate itself from the Middle East and to shift its emphasis away from terrorism to ‘big-war’ scenarios, Robert F. Dorr finds the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB in Italy a turning point. Exclusive images from Jim Haseltine

BIG CATS AT TAURA
In April 2008, the last Denel Cheetah fighters were retired from South African service. At the time, few could have imagined that these charismatic fighters would enjoy a second lease of life in South America. Dr Michal Stolar and Alexander Golz journey to Ecuador to see the re-birth of the Cheetah

AEGEAN MIRAGES
In Greek service, Mirage 2000s operate exclusively from the coast of the Aegean. Flying the first-generation version, the aviators of 332 Mira at Tanagra are masters of exploiting the fighter’s maneuvering performance, as Ioannis Lekkas details

INDUSTRY REPORT: UNMANNED AND DANGEROUS
Rick Lavere details how the next generation of unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) is gradually coming into public view not only in the US, but also in Europe, China and Russia

COMBAT REPORT: ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL!
Luftwaffe Euro fighters recently spent four months at the Estonian air base at Ämari, launcheing to identify Russian warplanes flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Stefan Büttner and Alexander Golz report on the deployment

EXERCISE REPORT: KEEPING IT REAL
With so many commitments around the world, exercise ‘Green Flag — West’ at Nellis AFB, Nevada, is designed to provide the most realistic pre-deployment training available for US Air Force assets. Neil Dunridge went to see B-1s in action

KINGS OF SWING
The RAF’s No 1 Squadron is living up to its name in being the first to take the swing-role Typhoon into service, as Jamie Hunter discovers

MOOSE JAW BEST IN THE WEST
Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation braves the cold and reports from CFB Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, home of 15 Wing and Canada’s NATO flight training program

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

TAIWAN TIGERS
The F-5 Tiger II’s glory days in Taiwanese service are now long behind it and final retirement is on the horizon. Gert Kromhout and Stephan de Bruijn gain a rare glimpse of the RoCAF’s charismatic Tiger II fleet