Combat Aircraft - March 2017

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HEADLINE NEWS
F-35 under the spotlight again, Navy carriers on cruise and E-2D heads to Japan 

US NEWS
US Air Force launches T-X competition, Marine F-35s head to Japan and F-4 bows out

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including UK Crowsnest deal, plus all the latest military losses

FABULOUS FALLON
Rich Cooper checks in from Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, where US Navy aviation develops and hones its warfighting skills. It is also where carrier air wings deploy as they work up and prepare to go on cruise

BATTLE HOGS
Jake Melampy catches up with the Idaho Air National Guard’s A-10Cs as they return home from Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’

SPARTAN STANDS GUARD
The US Coast Guard’s newest medium-range surveillance aircraft formally entered service on June 30, 2016, when the Leonardo HC-27J replaced the Lockheed HC-130H at Air Station Sacramento, California. Tom Kaminski reports

STAR WARRIORS
On December 28, the US Air Force released the final request for proposals for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Recapitalization development program to industry. Tom Kaminski assesses the options on the table for the USAF

NETZ BOWS OUT
Yissachar Ruas attends the Israeli Air Force’s retirement ceremony for its F-16A/B Netz fighters

‘FOXHOUNDS’ ON THE FRONT LINE
Two regiments of Russian Naval Aviation fly the mighty MiG-31 interceptor. Thomas Newdick details how those based in the Kamchatka region of the Russian Far East were recently put through their paces in a ‘wartime’ exercise

TEXAN TIMES
In the first of a two-part feature, Tom Kaminski looks at the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, and its various US operators

30 YEARS OF STRIKE EAGLES
The US Air Force marked 30 years of the F-15E in December. Jamie Hunter examines how the Strike Eagle continues to be a niche type that looks set for many more years of service

SOUTHERN GUARDIANS
Jamie Hunter and Salvador Mafé Huertas discover how the Spanish Air Force is taking an innovative approach to fighter modernization as it looks to the future

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

GUNFIGHTER COUNTRY
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, is a precious asset for the US Air Force. Jamie Hunter talks Strike Eagle with the 366th Operations Group commander

SEA MASTERS
With 44 years of service, the Breguet Atlantic was until recently the only long-range maritime patrol aircraft in Italian Air Force service. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi pay a visit to the 41° Stormo at Sigonella to report on the last year of Atlantic operations

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