Combat Aircraft - February 2016

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Boeing ends C-17 production, RAF Typhoons in Syria action and China buys Su-35

US NEWS
Blue Angels set to receive Super Hornets and all the latest unit and deployments news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including Argentina’s Mirage farewell, plus all the latest military losses

RAFALE ON THE FRONT LINE
Henri-Pierre Grolleau details how the Dassault Rafale has been at the forefront of French combat operations in Africa and the Middle East

RED TAILS OVER ALABAMA
Jamie Hunter meets the 187th Fighter Wing, a proud and famous unit flying some of the oldest F-16s in the US Air Force. With exclusive images from Jim Haseltine

A FORCE IN TRANSITION
Despite its push for an all-stealth fighter fleet, the US Air Force will need to maintain its older fighters for the foreseeable future, to re-evaluate longer-term plans and be open to some radical options, as Jamie Hunter argues

UK AIR POWER
Jamie Hunter meets Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall to discuss how the recent Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) made huge strides for British combat air power

INDUSTRY REPORT LIGHT ATTACK:
Super Tucano meets the Wolverine

SUPER TUCANO
Santiago Rivas explores Embraer’s highly-capable Super Tucano, one of the most popular advanced trainers and light attack aircraft in service today

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLVERINE
Though Embraer claims that its A-29 Super Tucano is the most successful turboprop light attack and advanced training aircraft on the market, it has strong competition in the shape of the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine. Jon Lake reports

‘RICHTHOFEN’ ON THE RISE
The Taktische Luftwaff engruppe ‘Richthofen’ is currently still subordinate to Taktisches Luftwaff engeschwader 31 ‘Boelcke’, but the Eurofighter unit is looking forward to regaining its independence in 2016, as Stefan Petersen describes

BUDDY WING
Training between the Republic of Korea Air Force and the United States Air Force is a near-daily occurrence in the Korean theatre. Jake Melampy investigates one such training program — known as ‘Buddy Wing’

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