Columbian General Describes the Super Tucano and Its Role

09/09/2016
09/09/2016: The Colombian A-29B Super Tucano is one of the most successful aircraft in the Colombian inventory. Manufactured by Brazil's Embraer corporation, many countries in the region fly the A-29 including Chile, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and others. Colombian Brig. Gen. Rodrigo Alejandro Valencia Guevara speaks to its capabilities. BARKSDALE…

Does the USAF Saga on Non Acquisition of Aircraft for the Afghan Transition Ever End?

08/26/2012
Ed Timperlake has posted a piece on yet another stage in the evolution of the USAF non-acquisition of combat aircraft for the Afghan transition.  Apparently, the USAF has investigated itself and found no criminal wrong doings in their handling of the contract. We all would like to do self investigation.…

A Whole New Twist on “Buy America”

07/16/2012
2012-07-16 by Robbin Laird This past weekend in a fine piece in The New York Times, C.J. Chivers focused on  the airpower dimension in Afghan operations.  The title was tellingly: “Afghan Conflict Losing Air Power as U.S. pulls out.” In its way, this strike was a model of what air power can…

Sierra Nevada Sues the USAF: Super Tucano Showing Up in Afghanistan?

06/12/2012
6/12/12: By Ed Timperlake In the same week that Second Line of Defense’s own Murielle Delaporte returned from Afghanistan with the dead and wounded from a recent Taliban terrorist attack on the French forces, a lawsuit was filed against the Secretary of the US Air Force. https://www.sldinfo.com/with-the-french-forces-in-afghanistan-at-crucial-point-of-transition/ How are these…

Super Tucano, the US and the Global Fighter Market

04/13/2012
by Francis Tusa One has to assume that Boeing is shaking its corporate head in dismay, as its chances of a deal to sell the F/A-18E/F to Brazil took a nose dive. The key thing that has affected the aircraft’s chances has been the abrupt cancellation of the deal for…

From Hobson’s Choice to Van Buren’s Choice: Why Picking the Super Tucano is So Hard

04/05/2012
Thomas Hobson became known in history for what is called Hobson’s choice.  A person has a free choice but can only chose one option.  For the normal human, this sounds like no choice at all. But for Thomas Hobson, a livery stable owner in Cambridge England, he would offer customers…

The Plane Truth: Brazil and A Tale of Two Competitions

04/05/2012
by Kenneth Maxwell Brazil's principal newspaper had two stories in its Saturday issue concerning the competition for a new fleet of combat aircraft for the Brazilian air force and the continuing saga of the Super Tucano. In the "Folha de Sao Paulo," Clovis Rossi, writing from New Deli, where President…