Shades of the Vietnam War-era Spad? The Air Force has just asked industry to provide information about a fixed-wing Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance platform that might lead to the quick procurement of 100 such irregular warfare aircraft and initial fielding of the first ones by Fiscal 2011. Here, a flight of four Douglas A-1E Skyraider attack aircraft fly in formation over South Vietnam on June 25, 1965. The pilots who flew the A-1 dubbed it the "Spad" because it was prop driven in a largely jet Air Force. (It also went by the name "Sandy" when flown as cover for rescue missions.)
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