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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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Combat Aircraft Journal June 2021

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Eielson's F-35As: A Sub-Zero Lightning Storm

With two squadrons now following an aggressive schedule to be combat ready by the end of this year, Eielson AFB in Alaska is proving that the F-35A Lightning II is perfectly suited to operations in Arctic conditions, as Key.Aero reports

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Sand 'Phrogs': An interview with a former USMC CH-46 pilot

The revered CH-46 helicopter proved to be an invaluable asset during the Iraq War. Former US Marine Corps pilot, Major Kurt ‘Buzzard’ Miller, speaks with Key.Aero about his experience of the venerable ‘Phrog’ and the challenges of desert flying

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Team Cyborg: Exploring DARPA's ALIAS program

Combat aircraft teaming is to become a combination of human and hardware, as Key.Aero explores...

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The low-down of operating an RAF Hercules tactical transport

The RAF has more than 60 years of experience flying the Hercules, but as No 47 Squadron Flt Lt Peter Marshall explains, the key to effective, safe operations is constant practice

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Have Glass: Making the F-16 less observable

You can’t turn an F-16 into a stealth fighter, it will always show up on enemy radar, but by reducing its radar signature, you can make it a lot less visible. We explain how the USAF has set about doing just that

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Combat Aircraft Journal May 2021

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Op Octave Quartz: Crystal Clear Power

The decision to withdraw US troops from Somalia involved a formidable assembly of American air power known as Operation Octave Quartz. But will it embolden Islamist insurgency? Key.Aero investigates

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The Rise of the T-7A Red Hawk

With the T-7A Red Hawk, Boeing is creating the world's first fifth-generation advanced flight training system. We explore the program that's set to replace the USAF's workhorse T-38 Talon after 60 years of exceptional service

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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