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Air Force’s next look at attack planes set for Arizona base

Vehicles are stopped outside an entrance to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, after a report of a man with a gun prompted panic and reports that someone had been shot at the sprawling military facility. Traffic into and out of the base was limited because of the security situation, but no one was shot or hurt, according to the public affairs office at the base. (AP Photo/Gary M. Williams)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in southern Arizona will be the site of continued experimentation aimed at collecting data to enable the Air Force to buy an off-the-shelf light-attack aircraft at low cost.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a news release issued Friday in Washington that the experimentation will run from May through July and will involve using the AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano.

Wilson called those aircrafts “the two most promising” among four included in tests conducted last summer at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The release says further experimentation will examine logistics and maintenance requirements, weapons and sensor issues and other characteristics.

Davis-Monthan hosts a unit that flies the A-10, an attack jet first flown during the Cold War and still in service to support ground forces.

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