Here’s the Air Force’s plan to train armed overwatch pilots

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By Rachel S. Cohen, Nov 21, 2022

L3Harris has won a contract to provide its AT-802U Sky Warden planes for U.S. Special Operations Command’s Armed Overwatch program. (L3Harris)

Four months after military officials picked a modified crop duster as America’s newest counterterror plane, Air Force Special Operations Command is working to answer a crucial question: How do you fly it?

“We’re going to have to pay a lot of attention to training on this,” AFSOC boss Lt. Gen. Jim Slife told reporters in September. “We haven’t operated, at scale, a tail-dragger aircraft in quite some time.”

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