Combat Aircraft - September 2017

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Headline News
UK announces new squadrons, Austria looks to offload Eurofighters and Australia receives final Growlers

US News
CH-53K King Stallion arrives at NAS Patuxent River plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including HMS Queen Elizabeth beginning sea trials, plus all the latest military losses

STRIKING FROM THE SEA
US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush was thrust into the spotlight in June following the shoot down of a Syrian Su-22 by one of the carrier’s embarked Super Hornets. Ioannis Lekkas embarked the carrier just three days after the incident, as we report exclusively from the eastern Mediterranean

THE FIFTH SENSE
Jaryd Stock joins the Royal Australian Air Force as it trains for a fifth-generation future

TROJAN WARRIORS
Ioannis Lekkas visits the Hellenic Air Force Fighter Weapons School, designed to push the boundaries when it comes to Greek tactical aviation

WILD FRONTIER
This year, the US Pacific Air Forces is holding a succession of exercises in Alaska. ‘Red Flag Alaska 17-2’ attracted a host of foreign participants from around the Pacific, as Dave Chng reports

DOES THE USAF NEED LIGHT ATTACK?
Jon Lake looks at the OA-X program and asks: is it a pure experiment or the prelude to a new light attack aircraft for the US Air Force?

‘FULCRUM’ THROUGH THE DECADES
In the second part of our rundown of the diverse ‘Fulcrum’ family, Piotr Butowski examines the naval MiG-29K series and the related shore-based MiG-29M/MiG-35 that may well be the last of this illustrious line

‘SKULLS’
Before any new ‘kit’ makes it to operational USAF squadrons it is rigorously tested in a variety of conditions. Jake Melampy flies with the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Florida, and sees how it’s done

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