Monday, January 2, 2012

AF picks Super Tucano

A-29 Super Tucano. PRNewswire photo
The Air Force chose the A-29 Super Tucano as the light air support aircraft, according to Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev., and Brazil's Embraer. The planes will be built at Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville, Fla. The $355 million contract is for 20 aircraft, training and support. The single-engine turboprop planes will be used in Washington’s partner building efforts in Afghanistan and other nations. The planes are for advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance and light air support. Embraer also has a facility in Melbourne, Fla., that assembles executive jets. Last week Hawker Beechcraft of Wichita, Kan., filed suit against the Air Force to negate a November decision to excluse the Beechcraft AT-6 from the competition. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/30/11) Gulf Coast note: Jacksonville is on the eastern end of Interstate 10.