AFSOC Receives Last A-29C Super Tucano Aircraft
The first two, delivered in early March, are already training at AFB Hurlburt Field. SNC says the aircraft, the most technologically enhanced and mission-capable A-29 brought to market, is intended for AFSOC’s Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission and is designed to build international partner capacity.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is also contracted to deliver ground support equipment, contractor logistics support, pilot training, spares and sustainment for the program. Specific to the CAA mission, the A-29C provides AFSOC with advanced capabilities to assess, train, advise, assist, and accompany partner nation aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment, and force integration. The three A-29Cs will be flown by the USAF's 6th Special Operations Squadron (SOS). Two UH-1N helicopters are assigned to the 6th SOS along with a Russian AN-26 Antonov, MI-8 helicopter and C-47. The A-29C shown by SNC itself features the iconic paint scheme of the WWII P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt turboprops rather than a current livery. The 6th SOS also flies C-130 "slicks" that belong to the 16th Special Operations Wing.