Navy Pilot Killed in A-29 Crash Was Part of Light Attack Test Team
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The naval aviator killed June 23 in the crash of a A-29 aircraft was part of the test team for the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment.
Lt. Christopher Carey Short was one of two crew members flying in an A-29 Super Tucano when it crashed in the Rio Bombing Range, a part of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The other crew member suffered minor injuries.
The flight, originating from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, was an event in the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment, a demonstration of the A-29 and the AT-6 Texan II, said Air Force Lt. Col. Robert N. Carver, public affairs officer for the 49th Wing at Holloman.
The experiment is being conducted to determine the value of using turboprop light attack aircraft instead of faster, more expensive jets for close air support in benign air-defense environments.
Short was a Navy F/A-18 Hornet pilot assigned to Fighter Composite Squadron 12 — a Navy Reserve adversary squadron — based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. He was a member of the active-duty component of the Navy, unusual for a member of a reserve squadron. He was on a temporary assignment with the 49th Wing for the Light Attack Experiment, which began on May 7.