CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4499 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4450 times:
What I read was that the USAF purchased used PC-12s. The PC-12s are to be used in support of Special Operations units. The article went on to say that they were only ordering used platforms for this mission also.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
Migfan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4213 times:
The L-39 is probably a civil machine on loan to the USAF from the National Test Pilots School (NTPS). That organization uses all sorts of machines to privately explore the envelope of aviation. Examples include; Saab J-35, MB-326, Mig-15UTI, PC-7.
The CASA CN-235 is in use by the CIA/Special Forces. The USAF operated similar "interdiction" aircraft in Panama (C-212). These airframes fill a small niche in transport that a C-130 or MH-53 cannot answer.
The USAF has many different types of aircraft for different purposes.