Combat Aircraft - January 2010

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World News
F-35B arrives at Patuxent River  Huge RAF cutbacks likely  Airbus A400M close to first flight  MV-22 Ospreys deploy to Afghanistan.

PLUS! A special report on the RAF deployment of Merlin helicopters to Afghanistan

FIRST REPORT: Dubai Air Show

Front Line
Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

Talon turns 50
The USAF T-38 Talon trainer marked its 50th anniversary in 2009. Jamie Hunter joined the 435th FTS at Randolph AFB to see the aging Talon in action and look at the new program that will ultimately see it replaced in service

Greek SAM-busters
Illustrated with some of the finest ground photography ever used in this magazine, Ioannis Lekkas details the work of the Hellenic AF's SEAD F-16 Squadrons

Falcon Air Meet 2009
An exclusive photo feature from world-renowned camera ace Katsuhiko Tokunaga covering the Falcon Air Meet in Jordan

46 Tornado GR4 in Afghanistan
Jamie Hunter captured the first ever air-to-air images of the RAF Tornado GR4s with new external stores fits for their new Afghanistan mission. Combat Aircraft reports from No 31 Squadron as they prepared to deploy to Kandahar

Idaho's Hot `Hogs'
As the Idaho ANG trained hard with new capabilities and upgraded aircraft, James Haseltine was on hand to capture the action. Robert F. Dorr details the work of this unit and forthcoming plans

Predator School
Lt Col Lawrence Spinetta, commander of the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron at Creech AFB, Nevada, provides a compelling insight into USAF unmanned operations

F4D Skyray
Concluding our fascinating series on classic US naval jet fighters, Combat Aircraft showcases the F4D Skyray. LCDR Rick Burgess (Ret) details the service of the `Ford', one of the classic designs from the US Navy at the height of the Cold War

AMX takes on Afghan mission
Luigino Caliaro details the latest Italian AF (AM) deployment to Afghanistan with its upgraded AMX ACOL and looks at the history of 51ø Stormo as it marks its 70th anniversary

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Salitre II
Tieme Festner and Iwan B”gels travel to Chile to report on this latest international exercise

Baltic Defenders
As the Luftwaffe's Eurofighters return from an action-packed deployment to the Baltic, Tieme Festner and Iwan B”gels report on JG 74's scrambles and intercepts