Combat Aircraft - January 2017

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FIRST FIGHTERS

The 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis led from the front when it came to the F-22 Raptor, bringing this revolutionary fighter into US Air Force service in 2005. Jamie Hunter heads to Langley and discovers that demand for the wing’s services remains as high as ever

PHANTOM FINALE
A fantastic shot of a US Air Force QF-4E Phantom II low down in the Mojave desert by David Campion that just had to be used as our centerspread this month

ALAT ELITE
Henri-Pierre Grolleau lifts the lid on one of the most secretive helicopter units in the world, the 4e Régiment d’Hélicoptères de Forces Spéciales (4e RHFS, or 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment)

ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV IN ACTION
Babak Taghvaee and Thomas Newdick evaluate the debut combat deployment of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its newly modernized Sukhoi Su-33 shipborne fighters

SCORPION GETS ITS STING
Jamie Hunter talks with Textron AirLand about its Scorpion, which has conducted a series of live firing trials as the company prepares to ¬fly its first production-standard aircraft

WARFIGHTERS IN THE WILD
Exercise ‘Red Flag — Alaska’ is growing in stature. Jonathan Derden ventures into the wilds of America’s largest and most sparsely populated state — ideal for warfighter training

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

LEAN BUT MEAN
The Royal Danish Air Force has long been at the forefront of the F-16 Fighting Falcon program. With Denmark’s sights now set on the F-35 Lightning II, Søren Augustesen looks at this small but capable force

FINNISH HORNETS ON THE ROAD
During the last week of September 2016, the Finnish Air Force conducted the ‘Baana 16’ maneuvers, a road-base exercise involving aircraft operating from public highways in southern Finland. Jan Jørgensen was there to witness the action

PURPLE FOXES
Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics visits Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California, the latest roost for the ever-expanding US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey force

EYE ON THE EAST
Our regular Eye on the East column evaluates the recent air display at Zhuhai.

and much more!