Combat Aircraft - April 2017

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Headline News
US Department of Defense issues new budget plan and T-X candidates drop out

US News
VFA-125 ‘Rough Raiders’ arrives at NAS Lemoore, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including new F-15SA deliveries, plus all the latest military losses and a special report on the Swiss Air Force

TEXAN TIMES: PART 2
In the second half of a two-part feature, Tom Kaminski looks at international customers of the Beechcraft T-6 and the various roles the type fulfils

MILE-HIGH MILITIA
One of those instantly recognizable units, the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing, is well-versed in the ways of the F-16. Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation meets the ‘Mile-High Militia’

SCOUT’S OUT
After a stellar operational career and a number of programs designed to enhance the helicopter, the US Army decided to call time on its versatile yet vulnerable OH-58D Kiowa Warriors. With a handful of surplus airframes being offered internationally, Tom Kaminski details how the scout is bowing out

NEW HOPE FOR THE SUPER HORNET
As President Donald Trump taunts the F-35 program with talk of a face-off against the Super Hornet, Brad Elward looks at the realistic prospects for the Boeing fighter

OPPOSING FORCE
Barry D. Smith reports on the little-known UH-72A Lakota helicopters operated as ‘enemy forces’ at the National Training Center in southern California’s Mojave Desert

TURKEY’S FIFTH¬ GENERATION AMBITIONS
Turkey may have one of the largest and best-equipped air arms in NATO, but the country’s aviation industry is still fledgling. The TF-X future fighter program might change that, as Vince Powell explains

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

THUNDER OVER PINE BARRENS
Dr Richard Porcelli visits the Warren Grove range and details how training facilities available to US military flying units are coming under scrutiny, as technologies advance and existing facilities look to match fifth-generation capabilities

LAST OF THE TURKISH PHANTOMS
Onur Kurc and Tayfun Yasar describe the major reshuffle experienced by the Turkish Air Force in recent years, and how this has dramatically rationalized its F-4 Phantom II fleet as these warriors ultimately face retirement

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