Yesterday, I visited Beechcraft’s factory in Wichita, Kansas, to see the ceremonial first flight of the company’s AT-6 counter-insurgency aircraft. The company has not sold any of the aircraft just yet, having lost the US Air Force’s Light Air Support tender to supply the Afghans with 20 such machines. But Bill Boisture, Beechcraft’s CEO, says he expects a firm order before the year is out.
Also, they have offered to let me fly an AT-6… which puts them in my good books. Meanwhile, no one has even offered to let me fly an F-16 or Typhoon.