Combat Aircraft - September 2019

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Mystery F-117, first UK P-8 flies and Turkish S-400 arrival

US NEWS
B-52 to receive new radar, AC-130U completes final deployment, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including Bulgaria’s F-16 deal plus all the latest Military Losses

FEATURES

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

THE OPS DESK
Scott Wolff’s monthly column looks at a bizarre plan for Area 51

A STORM BREWING?
As the US military builds an impressive air armada in and around the Middle East, Jamie Hunter assesses the air power assets that are on hand for President Trump

RANDOLPH REVOLUTION
Frank Visser visits Randolph AFB, which has been pivotal to pilot training for nearly a century. It is now at the center of a revolution that is set to transform the way the air force trains new aircrews

T-X EYES WIDER MARKET
Boeing revealed a few more details about its T-X training aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June and how this aircraft could evolve into new roles, as Jamie Hunter explains

TURKISH TOUGH GUYS
Three years after an attempted military coup, the Turkish Air Force’s ‘Anatolian Eagle’ exercise was held in June. Giovanni Colla and Rich Cooper were there to witness the action

JATM BREAKS COVER
Jamie Hunter evaluates how the US military is developing an advanced new air-to-air missile to counter speci c threats from China and Russia as the  rst few details now emerge

‘RED AIR’ RESERVES
The US Navy Tactical Support Wing (TSW) is responsible for the adversary squadrons that are relied upon to keep  eet squadrons on their toes. José M. Ramos heads south to Key West to witness the new-look ‘bad guys’ in action

‘TOPHATTERS’ AT 100: THE OLDEST AND THE BOLDEST
VFA-14 ‘Tophatters’ — the US Navy’s ‘oldest and boldest’ air squadron — marks its centenary in September. Informally nicknamed the ‘Lids’ in US naval aviation circles, this squadron and its lineage are explored here by Mike Crutch

STAR WARS
For three weeks in May, the Italian armed forces came together to test responses to potential national crises as Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi report

AMENDOLA GET TOGETHER
Another in a series of small joint F-35 exercises took place at Amendola, Italy, on July 2. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi assesses the outcome

AUSTRALIAN ATTACK DILEMMA
Despite having ironed out problems with its Tiger attack helicopters, Australia has launched a tender for a new platform to take on the role, as Roy Choo explains

TEST MATCH
As the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aligns many of its capabilities with the US, Roy Choo details its flight-test community and how it has adapted in order to meet a new era of requirements to remain relevant and valuable

‘DEMO VIPER’
The US Air Force F-16 flight demonstration team has a new pilot, Maj Garret ‘Toro’ Schmitz. He’s a man on a mission to inspire the next generation of fighter pilots and impress the public with the F-16. Rob van Disseldorp meets ‘Toro’ and tells the story of his journey to the ‘Demo Viper’

REMEMBERING THE NAVY ‘SCOOTERS’
June 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the entry into service of the US Navy TA-4J Skyhawk advanced jet trainer. Richard Collens looks back at this venerable aircraft that still remains valuable today in civilian hands providing training for the US armed forces

TOPGUN THROUGH THE AGES
The US Navy’s TOPGUN fighter weapons school is marking 50 years of training. Brad Elward charts its history and success and finds a center of excellence that is adapting for the future

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

FLASHBACK
Combat Aircraft’s trip down memory lane: this month it’s a US Marine Corps A-6E Intruder of VMA(AW)-242 ‘Batmen’

ON THE COVER

An F/A-18D Hornet of the US Navy’s VFC-12 ‘Fighting Omars’ in a fantastic new pixelated adversary scheme.
José M. Ramos