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Future aircraft of the USAF

This article emanates from a special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the USAF and details some of the aircraft that will equip tomorrow’s air force

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The USAF readies the F-15EX Eagle II

A special publication to mark the 75th anniversary of the USAF featured this article on the Boeing F-15EX Eagle II, which is the most advanced Eagle yet and is the first new fourth generation fighter to be procured by the USAF for many years

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Air Dominance Beyond Raptor

The ‘US Air Force Air Power Yearbook 2022’ features this overview of America's Next Generation Air Dominance programme that will supersede the F-22A Raptor

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Lakenheath's First F-35 Squadron

In a recent special publication marking the 80th anniversary of USAFE Mark Ayton provided an overview of the re-activation of the 495th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, and its work-up with the F-35A Lightning II

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a star extinguished

One of Australia’s ‘Few’, Plt Off John Crossman’s star blazed briefly, but brightly, during the summer of 1940 — and is today saluted by the UK’s latest airworthy Hurricane

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Blackbird tales from the most experienced SR-71 pilot

Lt Col Bredette Thomas (Ret’d), who has the highest number of hours on the SR-71 Blackbird of any pilot, tells Dino Carrara about his extensive career on this remarkable aircraft during the Cold War.

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Flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam

Colonel Richard H Graham (ret’d) is best known as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot – but he earlier flew 210 combat missions in the F-4 during the Vietnam War, some of which were in the Wild Weasel role.

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Battle of Britain's forgotten 'Few': a Canadian desperate to join the RAF's fight

The mother of Camille Bon Seigneur said her son was “filled with the highest ideals”. Alas, his participation in the Battle of Britain was to be brief

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Lockheed U-2: everything you've ever wanted to know

In the 2021 special publication Spyplanes, Bob Archer detailed one of America's most notable and famous spy planes, the high-flying Lockheed U-2

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F-22 Raptor: King of the fighters

A recent special publication, ‘The US Air Force at 75’ gave an overview of the world’s premier fighter – the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor