Combat Aircraft - October 2013 xx

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A Helluva Hawk
Ted Carlson discovers how the Harvest HAWK adaptation of the C-130 Hercules is providing Marine Corps 'leathernecks' on the ground with a powerful counter-insurgency capability


Magic Buffs
Voted the premier squadron in Global Strike Command, Ted Carlson visits the 69th Bomb Squadron 'Knighthawks', part of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, South Dakota - one of three wings at two bases that continue to fly the mighty 'Buff'

Dyess 'Bone' Team
Robert f. Dorr enters the world of the B-1B Lancer at the bustling Dyess Air Force Base, home of the 7th Bomb Wing. with exclusive photos by Jim Haseltine

Fact File: Global Spirits
This December the US Air Force will mark 20 years of the B-2 at Whiteman Air Force Base, missouri. Jamie hunter details where this ultimate symbol of US air power is situated two decades on, and how will it fit into a future air force

Nine lives of the Persian Cats
The Islamic Republic of Iranian Air Force (IRIAF) continues to operate three squadrons of the Grumman F-14 - Babak Taghvaee describes how the combat-proven Tomcat remains the pride of the Iranian air arm

Say hello to my little friend
Dr Séan Wilson, assisted by Paul Mulligan, visits Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMLA-367) 'Scarface' to sample some Marine Corps 'Whiskey', and meets the successor to the Super Cobra, the impressive AH-1Z

Glory Days: Blivet Tactics
Lt Col John Scanlan (ret'd) recounts what happened when two US Marine Corps Phantom crews took on USAF F-16s over South Korea - complete with underwing luggage pods

Exercise Reports: Peace Mission 2013
Combat Aircraft reports on the joint Sino-Russian exercise held in early August that attracted a small but significant Chinese aviation element, with world exclusive images by Dimitry Pichugin

Fighter Focus: 'Flanker' Ascendant
In the second of a two-part series, Alexander Mlandenov profiles the plethora of Su-30MK sub-versions of the 'Flanker' for export, as well as the thoroughly re-designed Su-35S single seater, already fielded in experimental service with the Russian Air Force.

Cutting Edge
Combat Aircraft's monthly column reporting from the front line of aerospace technology, by David Axe.