The Other Plane with a 30 mm Cannon

Time was running out for the US soldiers, Marines, and their allies in Vietnam. The war in Indochina was raging on, and the US Air Force was struggling to develop a new aircraft that could replace the aging World War 2-era fighters used for close air support. Without proper CAS support, the men on the ground were barely able to fight the North Vietnamese and come out of the thick jungles unscathed. As the situation reached crisis proportions, the Air Force finally launched an ambitious program to develop a new close air support platform: the A-X program. Only two prototype aircraft were chosen for the tight competition, with Northrop’s YA-9 coming out victorious. Time was now of the essence to have it ready on time and help the ground troops in Vietnam push back the Communists…

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