Combat Aircraft - September 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
An exclusive report on July’s coup attempt in Turkey, plus UK orders for the P-8 and AH-64E

US News
KC-46 passes Milestone C flight test, plus latest F-35 news and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including details of the first air strikes by Iraqi L-159s, plus a round-up of recent military losses

FEATURES

MARINE TOPGUN
James Deboer visits the Marine Division Tactics Course, which provides US Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet pilots and weapon systems officers with a graduate-level course to hone their air-to-air fighting skills

STORMING AHEAD
At the United Kingdom’s Farnborough International Airshow in July, Euro¬fighter, BAE Systems and Leonardo-Finmeccanica spelled out the latest strides being made by the Typhoon. Jamie Hunter details them

EYEING IOC
As the US Air Force nears initial operational capability (IOC) with the F-35A, Thomas Newdick looks at some of the final hurdles that are being overcome in the lead-up to this landmark declaration

BRAZIL’S OLYMPIC DEFENDERS
Although the force was established only relatively recently, the enthusiastic and proud soldiers of Brazilian Army Aviation will be called upon as the main protectors of Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games. Cees-Jan van der Ende joins them as they prepare

THE ‘FLANKER’ FAMILY: PART TWO
In the concluding part of his feature on the latest variants of Sukhoi’s Su-27 family, Piotr Butowski sheds light on Russian Air Force upgrades, the carrier-capable Su-33, and the ultimate Su-35 ‘Super Flanker’

60 YEARS OF THE LUFTWAFFE
Stefan Petersen presents a pictorial tribute to the German Luftwaffe, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in June

HIGH, HOT AND HEAVY SCHOOLHOUSE
For rotary-wing pilots looking to polish their skills while operating in con¬ ned spaces at high-altitude, Colorado’s High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site is a first port of call, as Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation discovers

RHINO RIDERS
Flying the F-4 Phantom II with the Hellenic Air Force is the preserve of pilots who perform at the highest level. Andrea Avian spoke with some of Greece’s last ‘Rhino’ drivers

SO LONG, WARRIOR!
Retired from French Navy service in July, the Super Étendard was a modest aircraft with a brilliant operational career. Frédéric Lert recalls a jet that was a true warrior, and which left its mark on nearly 40 years of French overseas commitments

TORNADO MASTERS
With its out-of-service date now looming large in 2019, Jamie Hunter visits the Tornado GR4 qualified weapons instructor course now under way at No XV (Reserve) Squadron, as well as the last ever ab initio course on the type

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