Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico has been buzzing lately with the sounds of action. This week the US Air Force’s Light Fighter competition has been shaping up as the contenders strut their stuff in the skies. Currently, four competitors have jumped into action to demonstrate their combat abilities, so who is taking the lead?
There are some very high stakes on the table as the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Cheif of Staff General David L. Goldfein showed up to survey flight demonstrations. Pilots had the opportunity to test out four planes the Textron Scorpion, the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, the AT-802L Longsword and the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine.
“We’re experimenting and innovating, and we’re doing it in new and faster ways. Experiments like these help drive innovation and play a key role in enhancing the lethality of our force.”
– Heather Wilson (Secretary of the Air Force)
These planes have had promising results so far in terms of close air support and will engage other exercises from search and rescue to reconnaissance. Reports came through that General Goldfein got behind the wheel of the Wolverine and the Super Tucano and took them for a flight.
“This experiment is about looking at new ways to improve readiness and lethality.”
– General David L. Goldfein (Air Force Cheif of Staff)
The following video from Holloman Air Force Base shows the first phase of light fighter testing, check it out. Who do you like so far after seeing them in action?