Combat Aircraft - July 2018

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
F-35 costs back under the spotlight and ‘Chinese Growler’ breaks cover

US NEWS
CH-53K delivered for operational test, plus latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe, including Turkey’s first F-35A, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

THE BRIEFING
Robert Beckhusen looks at the second phase of the USAF Light Attack Experiment

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

GATEWAY TO THE FIGHTERS
With USAF pilot training under scrutiny amid a manning crisis, Rich Cooper meets Lt Col John ‘Clarence’ Macasek, commander of the 49th Fighter Training Squadron, responsible for the introduction to fighter fundamentals course

OPINION — PILOT CRISIS
It has all happened before — David Axe examines what history teaches us about the present USAF pilot shortage

VICTORY PARADE
The Russian Aerospace Forces showcased some of their most advanced new technology in the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow, as Dmitriy Pichugin describes

ITALIAN TANKER SQUAD
Luca La Cavera and Francesco Militello Mirto visit Pratica di Mare, home of the 14° Stormo and its KC-767A tankers — the Italian Air Force’s force multipliers

RAVENS IN THE DESERT
The US Air Force’s EF-111A Ravens made a significant, yet unsung, contribution to Operation ‘Desert Storm’ in 1991. Warren E. Thompson provides an incredible insight into the first nights over Iraq

30 YEARS OF TURKISH FALCONS
The Turkish Air Force has flown the F-16 for more than 30 years. Having initiated a restructuring project, it is a community that has changed dramatically, as outlined by Onur Kurc and Tayfun Yasar

‘DARK FALCON’
Nicolas Deboeck details how the Belgian Air Force F-16 solo display team is ready for the 2018 airshow season

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: ‘JOLLY ROGERS’ ON WORK-UP
Jamie Hunter joins VFA-103 ‘Jolly Rogers’ at NAS Fallon, Nevada, for the squadron’s Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program

BAYWATCH JAYHAWKS
Patrolling Florida’s coastline is the business of the US Coast Guard at Clearwater. Yissachar Ruas joins its MH-60T Jayhawks

CONQUERING THE DRAGON
In the first of a series of features, former U-2 pilot Lt Col (ret’d) Rick Bishop recounts how he joined this elite group of USAF aviators

CUTTING EDGE
Our monthly technology column by David Axe

FLASHBACK
Combat Aircraft’s regular feature looking at squadrons and types that are gone but not forgotten — this month it’s an F-4G ‘Wild Weasel’ at George AFB