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America promotes propeller fighter planes in Afghanistan

25 Feb 2019 Daily Mail Online

The US might have access to the most cutting-edge war technology on the market, but sometimes the oldies really are the best.

That certainly seems to be the case in Afghanistan, where the Air Force has turned to the propeller-powered fighter plane over the supersonic jet to tackle Taliban and ISIS insurgents.

And the prop plane that they're giving props to? The Embraer A-29B Super Tucano, a fighter first built in 1999 that has a vintage style and a powerful punch.

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Giving props: The Embraer A-29B Super Tucano (one seen in Kabul in January) is being manufactured in Florida and sold to Afghanistan to fight ISIS and the Taliban

Low blows: The planes can fly slower and lower than jets, making them more suitable for the small, swift enemy groups found in the country, and for supporting allied troops reactively

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