The Afghan Air Force is “rapidly gaining capability,”
standing up 20 more aircrews since their A-29 Super Tucanos began flying
strike missions in April, the head of the US mission said.
Even though the Afghan forces’ capabilities are
growing, the resurgent Taliban and the growth of ISIS in Afghanistan has
limited the amount of territory the government actually controls, the
head of the US mission said.
A pilot a Whiteman AFB, Mo., recently logged his
6,000th hour in the A-10 Thunderbolt II—that’s roughly 250 days spent in
the venerable Warthog’s cockpit.
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