Coming To A State Near You: Blackwater Air Force

A while ago I posted the news that Blackwater USA was buying combat aircrafts from Brazil.
I found this follow up.

Remember that this site is trying to make the case for an unhealthy relationship between Cheney and Blackwater USA, and the possible involvement of Blackwater with the 911 attacks.

Read the page; All you need is a crazy rich guy with a private army.

More will follow shortly.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Coming To A State Near You: Blackwater Air Force

As if having them run around Iraq like loose cannons wasn’t bad enough, Blackwater is building an Air Force. Via Scholars & Rogues:

Security company Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. These five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft are built for pilot training, but also perform quite well for counter-insurgency work…. The bubble canopy provides excellent visibility. This, coupled with its slow speed (versus jets), makes it an excellent ground attack aircraft.

Now why would the good patriots at Blackwater need airplanes that “can carry up to 1.5 tons of weapons, including 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs and missiles”? For their missions in Iraq, of course. Because, you know, the world’s largest military merely owning everything that flies over a third-world country isn’t enough in the way of air superiority.

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