The US Air Force has an experiment underway to find a new light attack aircraft. The “Light Attack Experiment” is currently taking place at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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During the first week of the experiment, Air Force pilots flew basic surface attack missions in Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine turboprop, as well as in Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano.

“We’re experimenting and innovating, and we’re doing it in new and faster ways,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “Experiments like these help drive innovation and play a key role in enhancing the lethality of our force.”

Air Force pilots also completed familiarization flights in Textron Aviation’s Scorpion jet, as well as in Air Tractor Inc. and L3 Platform Integration Division’s AT-802L Longsword.

“This experiment is about looking at new ways to improve readiness and lethality,” said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein. “Working with industry, and building on the Combat Dragon series of tests, we are determining whether a commercial off-the-shelf aircraft and sensor package can contribute to the coalition fight against violent extremism. I appreciate industry’s willingness to show us what they have to offer.” – US Air Force

Maj Glenn Meleen a test pilot for the 40th Flight Test Squadron

Featured image of Maj. Glenn Meleen, a test pilot for the 40th Flight Test Squadron, preparing to taxi prior to flight in the Textron Scorpion experimental aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base by U.S. Air Force Photo by Christopher Okula