Combat Aircraft Journal

With in-depth editorial coverage alongside the finest imagery from the world’s foremost aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft Journal is North America’s Best-selling Military Aviation Magazine. With thought-provoking opinion pieces, detailed information and rare archive imagery, Combat Aircraft is your one-stop-source of military aviation news and features from across the globe.

America’s best-selling military aviation magazine

Combat Aircraft Journal is North America’s Best-selling Military Aviation Magazine. Renowned for its in-depth coverage of the world of military aviation, Combat Aircraft includes reports, expert briefings and special features on current military aircraft and industry matters. Illustrated with the finest images provided by the world’s leading aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft also links coverage of modern subjects with outstanding historical stories from World War II and the Cold War years, including rare archive imagery.

As well as being visually stunning, Combat Aircraft offers readers a large amount of detailed information and thought-provoking opinion on topical military aviation issues.

Combat Aircraft offers you unprecedented access into squadron crew rooms, and straps you into the cockpits of the world’s greatest military aircraft!

Combat Aircraft is packed with:

  • The latest global military aviation news
  • In-depth air force reports
  • In-theatre battle and exercise coverage
  • World renowned air-to-air photography
  • Insights in weapons systems
  • Aerospace technology
  • Regular special feature sections and supplements

And much, much more!

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2021

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal February 2021

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Combat Aircraft Journal January 2021

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal January 2021

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Combat Aircraft Journal December 2020

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal December 2020

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Latest Articles

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Desert Storm 30: Eyes of the Storm

Thirty years after the brutally swift and successful aerial assault of Operation Desert Storm in the war against Iraq, Key.Aero explores the vital reconnaissance role played by the Air National Guard's RF-4C Phantoms

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Desert Storm 30: Jaguars over the Gulf

Key.Aero charts the formidable efforts of the Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar Detachment during the 1991 Gulf War

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Desert Storm 30: The Secret Squirrels of Callsign 'Doom'

Top secret for a year after it was mounted, the first B-52 mission of the 1991 Gulf War saw the B-52 firing some of the opening shots of the campaign, launching a barrage of 35 cruise missiles against a variety of ‘Night One' targets

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Desert Storm 30: Kadena's MiG Killers

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, may seem an unlikely place to look for Desert Storm history, but thanks to aircraft rotations, Kadena is now home to several F-15 Eagles credited with Iraqi MiG kills, as Key.Aero investigates

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Desert Storm 30: Black Jets over Baghdad

In the first of a series of features commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, we explore the F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft, which flew at least 50 combat sorties during the campaign and was never hit, outsmarting Iraqi radar to deliver shock and awe

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Combat Aircraft Journal February 2021

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal February 2021

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F-14 AT 50: Iran's Feral Tomcats

The only country left flying the Grumman F-14 Tomcat is the troublesome Middle East nation of Iran. Combat Aircraft Journal explores the past, present and future of the Persian Tomcat

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F-14 AT 50: Celebrating the Tomcat

Fifty years ago, on December 21, 1970, the first Grumman F-14 Tomcat twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter graced the skies for its inaugural flight. Key.Aero traces the development and history of this icon of the skies and the silver screen

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Fear the Bear or Dragon?

As Russia and China prepare to field new fighters, how are the two nations progressing? Royal United Services Institute airpower analyst Justin Bronk speaks to Combat Aircraft Journal

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Vertically Challenged

With the Harrier II already a decade out of UK service, it’s left to the United States, Italy and Spain to fly the flag for the second-generation of V/STOL attack machines, prior to full integration of the F-35B 

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Magazine Contacts 

Editor

editor@combataircraftjournal.com

For subscription and mail order enquiries:

orders@keypublishing.com

Designer

Dominique Maynard dominique.maynard@keypublishing.com

Special Projects Co-ordinator

Ian Maxwell ian.maxwell@keypublishing.com

North American News Editor

Tom Kaminski tjkaminski@optonline.net

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