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Moody to train Afghan pilots on light plane

Aug. 23, 2014 - 12:00PM   |  
A contingent of 20 A-29B Super Tucano aircraft may arrive at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., as early as September to train Afghan Air Force pilots.
A contingent of 20 A-29B Super Tucano aircraft may arrive at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., as early as September to train Afghan Air Force pilots. (Courtesy Lt. Col. Jonas Reynoso)
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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA. — The Air Force has chosen its base in south Georgia to train Afghan pilots and maintenance crews on a light attack and reconnaissance plane.

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson congratulated commanders of Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta on the announcement Friday. Robins had been among three bases considered for the mission to train Afghan air force personnel on the A-29 Tucano Light Air Support aircraft. It's a turboprop plane designed for light attack and aerial reconnaissance missions.

Chambliss said having Afghan service members train in south Georgia "ensures our airmen can conduct this important training mission from the safety of one of our premier U.S. bases."

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