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Afghan training aircraft to fly to Moody Air Force Base this week

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The first aircraft that will aid in support of an Afghan support mission is scheduled to arrive at Moody Air Force Base Friday.

An A-29 Super Tucano aircraft will arrive at 11 a.m.

Moody was selected as the stateside training location for the Afghan A-29 in August. The training unit will support 20 A-29 aircraft and train 30 Afghan pilots and 90 maintenance personnel over the course of the next four years.

According to a report, the A-29 is a small, light aircraft designed to operate in high temperature conditions and extremely rugged terrain, providing an ideal capability for the Afghan Air Force. It has retractable landing gear, a pressurized cockpit with ejection seats, and is capable of operating from semi-prepared airfields.

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