AFSOCS newest A-29 light attack aircraft closer to final delivery

AFSOCS A29 Super Tucano heritage
AFSOCS A-29 Super Tucano in heritage color scheme.

March 29, 2021 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security reached another milestone in production of the second of three A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft landed, Code 1, at SNC’s Centennial, Colorado, modification facilities February 23, 2021.

AFSOC will use the aircraft to support CAA training of U.S. allied pilots.

The aircraft is painted in the heritage color scheme of the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt flown by U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II combat operations in the China, Burma, and India campaigns (Circa 1944).

SNC, as prime contractor, and its partner, Embraer Defense & Security, are contracted to deliver three A-29 aircraft, as well as ground support equipment, pilot training, including difference training and instructor pilot upgrade training, contractor logistics support, spares, and sustainment for AFSOCs CAA mission, which helps build international partner capacity.

The final delivery of all three aircraft takes place this year, with training and support activities continuing through 2024. The first two A-29s, including the one pictured, are currently undergoing modification in SNC’s facilities in Centennial, Colorado, with final production and assembly of the third underway now at Embraer´s facilities in Jacksonville, Florida.

Source, Images: Sierra Nevada Corporation

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