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Combat Aircraft Journal September 2023

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ANALYSIS: Why is the F-22A Raptor already facing retirement?

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor leads the way as a fifth-generation air superiority fighter, but its days appear to be numbered – Jon Lake examines why

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The inside story of Exercise Air Defender 23

A giant exercise under Luftwaffe leadership saw a mass deployment of fighters from the US to Germany to train with their European partners, as Dr Stefan Petersen reports

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USAF marks 100 years of air-to-air refuelling in Op Centennial Contact

To honor the centenary of its air-to-air refueling (AAR) capability, the USAF conducted a series of tanker-focused flyovers across all 50 US states, as well as some of its deployed locations, as part of Operation Centennial Contact on June 27

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F-35 test pilot: How Lockheed Martin tests the 5th Gen Lightning II

Lockheed Martin’s Chief of Fighter Flight Operations, Tony ‘Brick’ Wilson, gave Dino Carrara an exclusive insight into the work of the company’s test pilots on the cutting-edge F-35 programme

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Running on Empty: How budget cuts have damaged Iranian Naval Aviation 

Repeated budget cuts have had a drastic impact on Iranian Naval Aviation, as Babak Taghvaee discovers

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Combat Aircraft Journal August 2023

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How the USAF is planning to massively change its frontline fighter fleets

The USAF’s fighter force comprises a disparate mix of aircraft types – some of which are rather old – and there are urgent plans to recapitalize the fleet with a mix of new and upgraded types, as Jon Lake explains

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How does the US Navy qualify its F-35C pilots for carrier ops?

Preparing pilots for deployment is a critical aspect of the US Navy’s mission. Soren Nielsen examines how VFA-97 ‘Warhawks’ gained their carrier qualifications after transitioning to the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II strike fighter

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Is the US starting to catch China and Russia in the hypersonic missile race?

Three years after the Pentagon confirmed that China had deployed its first operational hypersonic land-attack missile to its frontline forces, the US military is finally beginning to catch up with its rivals in the race to develop munitions capable of traveling five times the speed of sound, as David Axe reports

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