Combat Aircraft - August 2019

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Turkish F-35 involvement on the brink, Embraer’s new AEW aircraft and the ‘Ghost’ aggressor

US NEWS
B-52 tests new missile, more Strike Eagles head east, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe, including Gripen offer to Finland and all the latest military losses

FEATURES

READY ROOM
Combat Aircraft’s new regular column, by Rick Burgess, looking at the stories behind the US Navy headlines

THE OPS DESK
Scott Wolff’s regular column looks at the Turkish F-35 situation

‘MAKOS’ ON THE MOVE
Making the US Air Force more dynamic and versatile is a new emphasis that leaders are championing. Ashley Wallace meets the 93rd Fighter Squadron ‘Makos’ on a rare visit to Europe

NELLIS ‘PANTHER’ TAMERS
While politics and popular media divide opinion on the F-35, the US Air Force is quietly and confidently getting on with the job of developing its lethality. Jamie Hunter visits the Weapons School at Nellis AFB, where it trains elite ‘Panther’ instructors

DEFENDING PERUVIAN SKIES
Latin American air arms have traditionally been keen operators of French aircraft. Santiago Rivas and Amaru Tincopa meet Peru’s Mirage 2000 squadron that has defended the country for 30 years

TIGER MEET
The 55th NATO Tiger Meet was held at Mont-de-Marsan in France in May. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi were there to witness the action

PARIS SHINES
Jamie Hunter visits the 2019 Paris Air Salon that marked a welcome resurgence in military aviation activity for a trade show that, in recent times, has included little of note away from the commercial scene. This year the show included the unveiling of two new fighter aircraft concept mock-ups - the European FCAS and Turkey’s TF-X

‘SPADS’ IN ROMANIA
The 457th Fighter Squadron ‘Spads’ is in Europe and undertaking a number of high-profile exercises under Operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’, as Patrice Dochain reports

HELP ON THE BORDER
The US military has been assisting the Border Patrol as part of a beefed-up effort to keep illegal immigrants at bay in one of the most controversial concerns in American politics right now. Joe Copalman heads to the border and learns about how rotary-wing support has made a huge difference on many levels

KNIGHT FEVER
In early June, the US military worked alongside Croatia, Italy and Slovenia for exercise ‘Astral Knight’. It included significant participation by US and Italian F-35s, as Giovanni Colla and Daniele Faccioli report

LAST DAYS OF THE KING
Known as the Combat King, the HC-130N and HC-130P variants of the Lockheed Hercules have supported the USAF’s combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission since the mid-1960s. Tom Kaminski charts the type’s history

POLISHING DIAMONDS
Roy Choo reports from the Royal Australian Air Force’s 2019 Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) that attracted significant participation from around the Pacific

D-DAY TRIBUTES
The USAF was involved in tributes for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, applying a number of heritage schemes to its aircraft, as Jamie Hunter and Bob Archer explain

CUTTING EDGE
David Axe’s column looking at the latest technological developments in military aerospace

DESERT STORM
Joe Copalman joined fighter pilots from across the US Air Force as they assembled at Luke AFB, Arizona, in March for ‘Haboob Havoc’ - a competition designed to enhance squadron camaraderie and culture

FLASHBACK
Combat Aircraft’s trip down memory lane. This month it’s the very last flight of a B-47 Stratojet

VICTORY DAY ‘BEARS’
A pair of recently upgraded Tu-95MS ‘Bear-H’ strategic bombers were prepared for this year’s Victory Parade that centred on Moscow’s Red Square, as detailed by Thomas Newdick, with exclusive photos by Dmitriy Pichugin