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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.

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The evolution of Russia's famous Hip heavy-duty helicopter family

We provide an in-depth look at Russia's Mil Mi-8 'Hip' tactical transport helicopter, which is the flying equivalent of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: affordable, functional, robust, widespread and deadly

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Viper's Bite: The Evolution of the F-16

With more than 4,600 aircraft produced, the F-16 is a design masterpiece and a stunning export success. While today's variants may be a world away from the original in terms of capability, the Falcon is still fighting and could win more orders in the future, as Key.Aero explores

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China offers new clues about mysterious H-20 stealth bomber

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has teased the world with a fleeting glimpse of its new H-20 stealth bomber. The bomber’s debut, in a lavish official recruiting video, both confirms expectations and raises questions

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A behind-the-scenes look at NATO's Texas-based jet training programme

We explore the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, which is based with the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and has been teaching student fighter pilots and their instructors since 1981

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Combat Aircraft Journal March 2021

Welcome to Combat Aircraft Journal March 2021

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An-124: Russia's Giant Awakens

We explore the colossal Antonov An-124, which is one of the Russian military's highest-value air assets, with life extensions in place that intend to keep it active until the 2040s

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A-7 Corsair II: The Swashbuckling SLUF

What it lacked in speed, the subsonic A-7 Corsair II made up for in payload and persistence. It also ushered in a new era of strike accuracy, as Key.Aero reports.

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Greek F-16s: A New Golden Age

Having emerged from a decade of economic difficulties, Greece is now spending billions to modernize and upgrade the Hellenic Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet, as Key.Aero explores

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US releases hard-hitting military mishap report

A US military-aviation safety report blames increased mishap rates on forces being undertrained, overworked and inconsistently funded, as Key.Aero investigates

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Artificial Intelligence: Flying is the Robot's Job

Key.Aero explores the US military's growing focus on using artificial intelligence to cover the role of flying combat aircraft, while pilots become mission managers