With Cessna unveiling its new Scorpion COIN jet, maybe it would be a good idea to take a look at the Enforcer which can carry a punch and is less than the $ 3000.00/hr that the Scorpion cost to operate.
Somewhere in the deeper recesses of the US Air Force museum is one of two surviving Piper PA-48 Enforcer close air support aircraft. It looks a lot like a P-51D Mustang, from which it was derived, but was almost entirely new in detail.
Its origins lay in the Cavalier Aircraft company, which had spent the 1960s remanufacturing P-51s for enthusiasts and smaller air forces and had gradually evolved a turbine-powered aircraft, which was eventually adopted by Piper.
Photo Credit: US Air Force
Gravity always wins!