Combat Aircraft - November 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
Two ‘clean-sheet’ T-X aircraft revealed, USAF names B-21 as the Raider, and new arms packages for the Middle East

US News
Fuel line snag grounds F-35As, B-52H returns to the air, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including the first Japanese F-35A flight, plus all the latest military Losses

FEATURES

‘GRIM REAPERS’ ¬BACK ON DECK
Gert Kromhout joins VFA-101 back on the carrier deck to qualify the ¬first cadre of F-35C pilots

EYES IN THE SKIES PART ONE:
US Army Aerial Intelligence Evolution The US Army is consolidating several airborne intelligence capabilities that have been developed in support of combat operations over the past 15 years and is updating ‘legacy’ systems in support of its Aerial Layer 2020 Strategy, as Tom Kaminski details

DEFENDERS OF THE PACIFIC
The 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, is home to two of the last three remaining active-duty US Air Force F-15C units. Jamie Hunter talks to the commanders of the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons, with exclusive images from Jim Haseltine

THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE
Tom Kaminski explains how the US Air Force has embarked on a program to upgrade its   eet of combat rescue helicopters under the HH-60G operational loss replacement (OLR) initiative

IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
As the US Air Force puts its new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker onto a production footing, Rob Coppinger takes a timely look at the current USAF tanker force and future plans

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

TOPGUN OVER THE BALTIC 68
The Luftwaffe’s first Eurofighter Fighter Weapons Instructor Course was recently completed at Laage air base in northern Germany. Stefan Petersen was there to witness the action

DARK KNIGHTS
Every two years Australia’s Northern Territory plays host to the multi-national Exercise ‘Pitch Black’. Mike Yeo reports

‘HUNS’ ON THE RUN
Although overshadowed by the F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II that eventually succeeded it, the F-100 Super Sabre proved to be a tough and versatile warrior over Vietnam. Warren E. Thompson recounts how it excelled in countless demanding close support and counter-insurgency missions

BRAZILIAN COMBAT 84 AVIATION IN CRISIS?
With the Brazilian Air Force awaiting the Gripen, Santiago Rivas discovers how operational aircraft are seeing upgrade programs reduced in scope

FIGHTER FOR FINLAND
Rich Cooper describes the race to find Finland’s new fighter, as manufacturers vied for attention at the country’s Tour de Sky airshow in the bid to replace its F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet