Combat Aircraft - December 2017

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
T-X delayed, Chinese J-20 goes operational and new Hill AFB Lightning II squadron receives F-35As

US News
New prototype aircraft from Northrop Grumman, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe, including the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16 upgrade plans, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

PROWLER’S LAST CRUSADE
The Marine Corps’ Grumman EA-6B Prowler fleet may be old and nearing retirement, but with just two squadrons remaining, it’s still in demand. As VMAQ-2 ‘Death Jesters’ participates in the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, for the last time, Jamie Hunter and Rich Cooper look at the final chapter of the Prowler

THE BRIEFING
Combat Aircraft’s new regular column by Robert Beckhusen, taking a look behind the headlines — this month evaluating the US Air Force pilot crisis

ELECTRIC VIKINGS
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State may not receive the attention of some of the more renowned Master Jet Bases, but it is equally important as the home of the naval electronic attack community. Erik Bruijns and Mark de Greeuw meet EA-18G training unit VAQ-129 ‘Vikings’

HEROES IN TRAINING: PART ONE
Rich Cooper embeds with the US Navy’s Training Air Wing One at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, to report on the process of training future naval aviators and hear how the service is coping with the T-45’s challenges at a hard time for the community

BULGARIAN HORSE
From July until early November, Italian Air Force Eurofighter F-2000s flew alongside Bulgarian MiG-29s at Graf Ignatievo air base. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi joined them to see NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing mission

UNMANNED AMBITION
The countdown is on for the US Navy to field its first operational carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle, the MQ-25 Stingray. Its first job will be to refuel other carrier aircraft. Robert Beckhusen explores the complicated legacy behind one of the MQ-25 contenders: the Northrop Grumman X-47B

THE FIGHTING FIRST
As the Republic of Singapore Air Force gears up to celebrate its golden jubilee during 2018, one of its squadrons has plenty of reasons to cheer. Roy Choo reports on 140 Squadron ‘Ospreys’

READINESS IN RESERVE
With Marine Corps aviation currently in the middle of across-the-board transitions from ‘legacy’ equipment to new or upgraded aircraft, Joe Copalman evaluates how these changes are impacting the Corps’ reserve wing, the 4th MAW

COMBAT BADGERS
Truax Field Air National Guard Base is home to the 115th Fighter Wing, part of the Wisconsin ANG. The wing’s 176th Fighter Squadron has been equipped with the F-16C/D since 1993, as Frank Crébas and Stephan de Bruijn describe

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

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