Letters From Our Readers, May 17, 2021

A-29 pilot Steve Trimble
BEHIND THE SCENES Defense Editor Steve Trimble flew in a Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano on May 4 in reporting for his article about what happened to the U.S. Air Force light air support competition. In 2007, private security firm Blackwater leased the A-29 to show the U.S. military it could use a turboprop-powered aircraft to provide close air support—an idea the Air Force embraced for a time.
STUDY GULFSTREAMS In the excellent article “In Transit” (March 22-April 4, p. 35) by Jens Flottau and Guy Norris, it is stated that a future Boeing aircraft program will likely reject active side sticks due to design simplicity and low cost. It is more likely that low cost is one reason. The other...

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