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US Army to redesign CABs to fight near-peer adversaries

The US Army formally unveiled its plan for another restructuring of its aviation force structure on April 24, as Tom Kaminski explains.

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The NC-130H Advanced Tactical Laser

The first decade of the 21st century saw a revival of interest in airborne directed energy weapons, including the Advanced Tactical Laser and the Hercules.

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Combat Aircraft Journal July 2024

July 2024 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal in page-turning format features a Royal Thai Air Force F-16B wearing special tiger tail markings to celebrate 30 years of Cope Tiger.

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Spain’s Freedom Fighters of Talavera

Like many European air forces, the Spanish Air and Space Force faces training shortfalls. Patrick Roegies and Jochem Manders visit Talavera La Real, home of the mighty SF-5Ms to discover how these issues are being overcome

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USAF revives Cold War designation for ‘Blue Foxes’

In a surprise move, the 354th Fighter Wing’s 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) ‘Blue Foxes’ – a part of the USAF’s Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command – was redesignated as the 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) at Eielson AFB, Alaska, on February 2.

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The return of B-1B ‘Lancelot’

The USAF’s 7th Bomb Wing (BW) – a component of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) – at Dyess AFB is preparing to receive a replacement for B-1B Lancer (85-0089/‘DY’), which was severely damaged after suffering a catastrophic engine fire at the Texan base in April 2022, writes Tom Kaminski.

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Rare ‘Silver Dragon’ TU-2S sighted

After almost three years of extensive maintenance by the USAF’s 9th Maintenance Group in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, TU-2S Dragon Lady, (80-1078/‘BB’), graced the skies once more.

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2024

June 2024 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal in page-turning format sees Tom Kaminski delve into the 50-year history of the mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Arizona ANG’s snakelike KC-135R

USAF-operated KC-135R Stratotanker (59-1469) assigned to the Arizona ANG’s 161st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) ‘Copperheads’ at Goldwater ANGB – which is co-located at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona – now sports a special ‘Copperhead Snake’ livery.

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First US Army C-27J begins upgrade in Italy

The first of seven US Army-operated C-27J Spartan tactical transports to undergo the C-27J 1.2+ avionics update departed Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina on February 19.

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Combat Aircraft Journal July 2024

July 2024 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal in page-turning format features a Royal Thai Air Force F-16B wearing special tiger tail markings to celebrate 30 years of Cope Tiger.

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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2024

June 2024 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal in page-turning format sees Tom Kaminski delve into the 50-year history of the mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Combat Aircraft Journal May 2024

May 2024 issue of Combat Aircraft Journal in page-turning format features America's new 12-shooter, a report by Mark Ayton exploring the F-15EX Eagle II

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