Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Blast from the past. A-1D SkyRaider...the plane the USAF is trying to reinvent!

Its kinda funny.

When you boil down the search and study that the USAF is about to conduct for its low cost COIN striker its really just reinventing the wheel and trying to build the A-1D SkyRaider.

Why?  Because the "job" that they're looking to do perfectly mirror what the SkyRaider did in Vietnam.  Escort for Jolly Greens...Suppression of local enemy air defenses and support of downed pilots/troops in contact with the enemy (many times after the bad guys set up "helo traps" to lure in rescue forces).

Even crazier?  The USAF/USMC have been here before when they crafted a replacement for the plane...Remember this jewel (as good as the Bronco was this was better!)...

Its sad.

No matter how smart we think we are, we still end up relearning lessons from history.

Oh and I raise you one Sky Raider and one Convair Charger as the best prop planes ever built!

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