For a journalist, the best part of attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., is that often serendipity reigns, and the result is an entirely unexpected bonus, in this case the opportunity to fly Embraer’s EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack turboprop.
With its ability to deliver a combination of rockets, missiles and bombs, the Brazilian-made Super Tucano has become the most feared guardian of the Dominican Republic’s airspace. Visitors to San Isidro Air Base, located 25 kilometers east of Santo Domingo, like to be photographed near the aircraft, and the civilian population expresses admiration when the sleek turboprops cross the Caribbean sky during special demonstrations.
At the height of the space shuttle program, there were 18,000 people working at the Kennedy Space Center. When it ended last summer, that number dropped by more than half almost immediately.
The Dominican Republic will support Haiti with combat planes and patrol boats in the fight against drug trafficking, by President Leonel Fernández’s express order.
While the investment in Super Tucano production is on hold — for the moment — in Jacksonville, Fla., Embraer North America continues to invest in the U.S. and hire more aerospace workers in Melbourne, Fla
Jacksonville has a long history of supporting the military and its national security role.
This edition features a story on the Afghan Air Force acquiring an A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Mike Hutchinson. Also available in high definition.
In Afghanistan’s continued effort to independently battle counterinsurgency, a new tool will be added to their arsenal designed to allow versatility, reconnaissance and precision weapons placement to the growing Afghan air force.
The U.S. Air Force is buying twenty Brazilian A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. The Super Tucano is a single engine turbo-prop trainer/attack aircraft that is used by over a dozen nations.
The U.S. Air Force has suspended work on the LAS contract given to the Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer of Brazil because of pending litigation.