Very Light Attack
Originally published September 21st, 2011.
The more things change….
During Vietnam the little (and I mean little) Cessna T37 was made into an attack plane – with rockets under the wings and camouflage paint it looked like one mean little plane!
It was a mean little aircraft but the Navy in the Delta http://www.tf116.org/ needed something that could fly low, slow and STOL so this is what they used for close air support to augment the
Seawolves and their UH-1s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B9irR_1t6Q&feature=related
I worked on the A-37B model, the one with the 7.62mm minigun in the nose, when I was based at the 24th MMS in the Panama Canal Zone in 1970-1971. It could carry 2.75″ rocket pods, flares,napalm, and 500 and 750 pound bombs. A noisy little aircraft, with wings close to the ground, but it could climb at a good rate fully loaded.
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