Combat Aircraft - June 2018

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Syria air strikes, F-35 completes development flight-testing, new radar for Marine Hornets and Lockheed Martin unveils MQ-25 contender

US NEWS
Latest F-35 developments, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe, including first Block 3F F-35As for Australia, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

SPECIAL REPORT: STRIKING SYRIA
Babak Taghvaee details April’s air strikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria

EYE ON THE EAST
Combat Aircraft’s regular air warfare briefing from the Asia-Pacific

GUNFIGHTER HERITAGE
The 149th Fighter Wing ‘Lone Star Gunfighters’ marked the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force in 2017 by painting one of its F-16Cs in special markings that hark back to the unit’s origins. Exclusive photos by Liz Lutz

SHARPENING THE ‘B-ONE’
Despite a plan to retire the B-1B Lancer earlier than anticipated, the US Air Force is continuing with several initiatives to keep the bomber relevant. Following on from our coverage of Lancer deep maintenance last month, Jake Melampy looks at the testers who are keeping the B-1 at the top of its game

BUILDING THE FUTURE OF AIR POWER
Luke AFB in Arizona is no stranger to new fighter technology. It has been pivotal in F-16 training and now it is the bedrock of the future for both domestic and international F-35 training. Jake Melampy reports

THE LAST TOMCATS
For the US Navy, the F-14 Tomcat is but a fond memory, but these big cats still soldier on in Iran. In the first of a series of Tomcat features, Babak Taghvaee examines the F-14As of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

THUNDER OVER THE AEGEAN
One of Europe’s biggest air exercises is ‘Iniohos’ in Greece. Ioannis Lekkas went along to join the USAF in one of its missions

NIGHTHAWK
The F-117 Nighthawk was retired 10 years ago. As Combat Aircraft marks 75 years of the Lockheed ‘Skunk Works’, Paul Crickmore reflects on the Nighthawk’s history and evaluates why a few continue to fly in secrecy

RAISED IN ARIZONA
Rich Cooper meets the 148th Fighter Squadron, a unique element of the Royal Netherlands Air Force: training new F-16 pilots in the near-perfect weather of Arizona

FABULOUS FALLON
NAS Fallon in northern Nevada is one of the most important US Navy air stations. In the first of a series of features, Jamie Hunter goes behind the scenes at this air power haven

ANY TIME, ANY PLACE, ANYWHERE
The Travis-based 60th Air Mobility Wing’s mission is to project American power around the world at a moment’s notice. Without the likes of the 6th Aerial Refueling Squadron’s KC-10A Extenders, it would be an impossible task, as Ashley Wallace found out

DESERT RESEARCHERS
NASA’s largest flight research center is located at one of the most famous test sites in the world. Frank Visser reports from Edwards Air Force Base, including an interview with NASA’s chief test pilot Nils Larson

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

FLASHBACK
Our regular feature focusing on squadrons and aircraft types that are gone but not forgotten. This month it’s an F-105G Thunderchief of the 561st TFS