Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

The once and future Afghan Air Force

NTM-A is not only building an Army and Police force for Afghanistan but also an Afghan Air Force (AAF).  Currently, the majority of students are sent to the U.S. for training as there is no indigenous training capability in Afghanistan. 

Last month, a milestone was reached:  the first 3 Cessna 182’s arrived at the AAF’s training wing at Shindand.  Ultimately, the AAF is to grow to 140 aircraft comprised of Mi-17s, Mi-35s, and C-27s (2 helicopter airframes and a “baby” C-130).  This, however, will not be the first air force in Afghanistan’s history.

The remnants of the Soviet-built AAF litter the Shindand Air Base

 The Soviets also attempted to create  an Air Force when they were here between 1979 and 1989.  I’m just hoping the U.S.-built AAF doesn’t end up like the Soviet-built AAF.

These hulks are a reminder to Afghan Air Force trainees at Shindand Air Base that any landing you can walk away from is “Afghan Good Enough”

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