The U.S. Air Force has taken another baby step toward possibly buying 300 low-cost, light- attack aircraft to fight violent extremists in the Middle East. Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has approved a light-attack fighter flight demonstration at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, this summer to look at the capabilities of existing commercial designs.
The key to defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan during the so-called spring-fighting season is not with jet-fueled American superpower hardware. Instead, the Pentagon said, the secret weapon is a small propeller plane reminiscent of World World II technology.
With aging jets and a shortage of pilots, the Air Force weighs buying throwback ‘light-attack’ planes
The U.S. Air Force, faced with a potentially protracted war against the Islamic State, aging fighter jets and a shrinking force of pilots, is examining the adoption of a new fleet of “light-attack” planes that are both a throwback to earlier U.S. operations and a current staple of militaries in South America and the Middle East.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force delivered four A-29 Super Tucanos to the Afghan Air Force Jan. 15 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan.
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — A new era for the Afghan air force began Dec. 18, when the 81st Fighter Squadron graduated the first class of A-29 Super Tucano combat-ready attack pilots at Moody Air Force Base.
The first students, including Ahmad, arrived four months later, giving Hogan enough time before their arrival to train his cadre of instructor pilots and maintainers on the unfamiliar aircraft. To do this, staff from the aircraft’s manufacturer trained the teaching crews, informing them on the nuances of the A-29.
The 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base will activate the 81st Fighter Squadron during a ceremony Thursday at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, and several Columbus residents will have a front-row seat.
Miami (AFP) – Brazilian aviation firm Embraer said Thursday that it had delivered the first of 20 light-attack aircraft to the US Air Force, for use in Afghanistan after the NATO troop withdrawal.
Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft in a roll-out ceremony with the U.S. Air Force and government officials, industry and community representatives, and news media.
The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft.