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The WW II Era Plane given the F-35 a Run for Its Money
John Ismay, Adrian Bonenberger, and Damien Spleeters - Motherboard - 18/09/2015
“At least the A-29 can get close enough to see where the friendlies are, and not bomb them”
“Getting there in 8 minutes sounds accurate, but what you do then is a completely fucking different thing”
“At least the A-29 can get close enough to see where the friendlies are, and not bomb them. Close support is all about a constantly changing minute-to-minute firefight,” he tells me. “And if you’re not close enough to see where the puffs of smoke are from the enemy machine guns, you’re going to kill friendlies.”
The low-and-slow Super Tucano, manufactured in Brazil and completed in Florida, began arriving at a US Air Force base in September 2014, so that American pilots could train Afghans to fly them. Across the battlefields of Afghanistan, friendly Afghan forces are waiting for their promised air support, ready to begin learning to fly the planes themselves, and hoping to stave off a military catastrophe like the one that has struck Iraq.