Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The latest in military hardware


Hey, wait, isn't that a crop-duster? Indeed it is, though modestly refitted with an armored fuselage and hardpoints for ordnance. (In my more genteel part of the country, the plane is more often used for towing advertising banners.) The Air-Truck AT-802U, with a ten-hour 'loiter time' and 8,000 lb of things that go boom, has just made its debut at the Paris Air Show and is getting some attention in a day of constrained military budgets. John Boyd would have loved the concept, though he didn't care for the mission. Air-to-ground just wasn't his thing. He didn't feel in control of the situation, a sentiment no doubt shared by a number of American presidents. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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