Combat Aircraft - June 2017

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Headline News
USAF F-35As deploy to Lakenheath, USS Ford goes to sea and first operational use of MOAB

US News
US Navy eyes more fighters, T-45 Goshawk grounding, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including Belgian fighter competition, plus all the latest military losses

ASIAN TIGERS
Giovanni Colla attends the 23rd edition of Exercise ‘Cope Tiger’ at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base

LAST CALL FOR GREEK RECCE PHANTOMS
The Hellenic Air Force said farewell to the charismatic RF-4E Phantom II in May, bringing to a close more than six decades of tactical reconnaissance by the ‘Eyes’ Squadron. Ioannis Lekkas and Jamie Hunter watch the last of the action at Larissa

BLACKCATS
As the US Air Force looks to retain the Lockheed U-2 in service until 2025, Jake Melampy meets the ‘Blackcats’ of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron as they pass 40 years of operations over the Korean peninsula

BOLIVIAN STARS
This December the Fuerza Aérea Boliviana (FAB, Bolivian Air Force) intends to retire the very last Lockheed T-33s from military service. Neil Dunridge discovers a loose plan that may still change…

UKRAINE’S ATTACK WORKHORSE
Alexander Golz and Rich Cooper meet the low-flying, hard-hitting, combat-proven Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ fleet of the Ukrainian Air Force

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR OLD ‘FISHBEDS’
Even though there has been an investigation into the origin of its ‘new’ MiG-21bisD airframes, Croatia’s sole fighter squadron is keeping busy with its air policing and combat training duties

DEEP STRIKE
The Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar matured into a formidable fighter-bomber. Angad Singh explains how it remains one of the Indian Air Force’s most important strike assets

‘VALIONS’ TRIBUTE
Mike Killian provides a photo-report on how VFA-15 ‘Valions’ is being honored by the 2017 US Navy ‘Tac Demo’

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

LAST CALL FOR RARE ‘BEARS’
The ‘Bears’ of INAS 312 ‘Albatross’ have been phased out, with Boeing P-8Is to be the mainstay of the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capability, as Angad Singh reports

SHARP TALONS
Despite being in line for replacement, the Talon will bear the brunt of the USAF’s advanced training requirements for many years to come. Moreno Aguiari sampled the jet at Columbus AFB