Combat Aircraft - October 2017

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HEADLINE NEWS
USAF light attack experiment and major milestones for the USS Ford

US NEWS
Boeing awarded new Presidential 747-8 contract, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including UK F-35B latest, plus all the latest military losses

BAVARIAN TIGERS ON THE FRONT LINE
Having covered NATO’s Baltic Air Policing task and become a full NATO Tiger Association member, the Luftwaffe’s TaktLwG (Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader, Tactical Air Wing) 74 at Neuburg finds itself in busy times. Dr Andreas Zeitler meets the Eurofighter unit’s commander, Col Holger ‘Hawk’ Neumann

PACKING A STING
Michael Serenc details the Royal Australian Air Force’s fighter fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets and how they are proving their worth at war, while forming a crucial part of the service’s modernization efforts at home

SUPER HORNET… ON A ROLL
Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is having a good year. Having notched up its first aerial ‘kill’, the US Navy is standing behind the strike fighter and buying more jets and new capabilities, as Brad Elward reports

UNITED STATES ARMY AIR POWER 2017
Tom Kaminski takes an in-depth look at the units, bases and aircraft that comprise US Army air power in 2017

LOOKS CAN KILL!
A pilot’s helmet was once a primitive piece of protective equipment, but as Rob Coppinger finds, head-tracking technology, coupled with symbology in the visor, has transformed it into an annotated window on the world

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

MAGNUM FORCE
The Wild Weasel mission – suppression of enemy air defenses - has been little reported in recent times, but it remains an important capability. For the US Air Force, it is the domain of the F-16CM and a fiercely proud pool of specialist talent, as Jamie Hunter discovers

EAGLES AND LANCERS
The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is back on the road, deploying its F-15C/Ds to Romania in June to take part in Exercise ‘Dacian Eagle’ as Jamie Hunter and Frank Crébas report