Flying Tigers redux
“Barksdale Air Force Base – A Colombian Air Force A-29B Super Tucano flies alongside two U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 75th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., during Exercise Green Flag East Aug. 21, 2016. Colombia and U.S. share a special relationship, and the joint training exercise provides a platform to strengthen those ties. Four Colombian A-29s and 45 Colombian Airmen are at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., through Aug. 29. (Photo courtesy Colombian Air Force)”
However, with the Air Force moving forward with the planned OA-X light-attack aircraft downselection (which laughably says is worth as many as 300 aircraft) Big Blue could actually get a handful of A-29s one day to augment their A-10s.
Of course, the Afghanistan Security Forces will be set with the announcement this week of a $1.8 billion contract by Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corp. to supply potential “procurement, sustainment, modifications, ferry, and related equipment for the A-29” through 2024 in a contract run by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. So there is that.