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Russian Sukhoi fighter profiles

Combat Aircraft Journal brings insight into the roles and capabilities of Sukhoi jets within Russia's inventory.

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Aviation News June 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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First impressions of Comet flying

Before the Comet entered service four of ‘The Aeroplane’s’ staff had flown in the jet and gave their thoughts in the May 2, 1952 edition on what this new form of travel was like compared with propeller-driven airliners

The Curtiss Model 54 Tanager demonstrates a short, steep take-off, showing how it could clear the ‘obstacle’ at left. VIA PHILIP JARRETT Feature Premium

The competition that tried to make flying safer

In the inter-war aviation industry’s efforts to improve the safety of commercial aeroplanes, a one-off contest in the USA sought to play its part — but it wasn’t without trouble and controversy

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Analysis: Russia's troubles with combat drone development

Widely known as a late adopter of unmanned air systems, the Russian military has struggled to field into service a plethora of new models

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The USMC is readying its AH-1Z Viper

The USMC is readying its AH-1Z aircrew for the near-peer fight role, as Combat Aircraft Journal reveals

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An insight to the Lightning carrier concept aboard the USS Tripoli

As the USMC conducts tests for the Lightning Carrier concept aboard the USS Tripoli (LHA-7), Combat Aircraft Journal gains insight from the leaders involved

For reasons of security on cross-border attacks, all markings were removed from Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, the Hunter FGA9s included. RHODESIAN AIR FORCE Feature Premium

The Hawker Hunter and Rhodesia’s ‘Bush War’

As Rhodesia fought a bloody conflict against cross-border insurgents, the Hawker Hunters of its air force’s 1 Squadron operated effectively despite an arms supply embargo

A lovely air-to-air shot of M.E.A. Comet 4C, OD-ADR. Key Collection Feature Premium

How the de Havilland Comet thrust MEA into the Jet Age

In early 1961 Middle East Airlines (MEA) introduced into service its first jet in the Comet 4C. The January 13 issue ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ reported on how the airline had prepared for a new era

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Brazil’s 1st GDA: maintaining the F-5EM and preparing for the Gripen

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on Brazil’s 1st Air defense group, its fleet of F-5EMs and its preparation for the F-39E Gripen