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US Air Force considering ending Light Attack Experiment after fatal crash

28 June 2018

Key Points

  • The USAF is considering ending the LAE after a fatal crash
  • This could draw out a potential procurement of light attack aircraft

The US Air Force (USAF) is considering ending its Light Attack Experiment (LAE) in New Mexico after a fatal crash on 22 June, according to a key officer.

“[We] are working through [if] they have enough data from this experiment,” Air Combat Command (ACC) Chief General James Holmes told reporters during a 28 June Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington. “Will we need to go ahead and do more, or do we have enough now?”

Navy Lieutenant Christopher Short died when the Embraer/Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) A-29 Super Tucano he was piloting crashed while over the Red Rio Bombing Range, part of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

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