In order to teach pilots to operate this crop duster-based tail-wheel aircraft, the USAF must now devise a training program.
Pentagon spent $3 billion to buy 75 AT-802U Sky Wardens to fulfill its Armed Overwatch demand. The service recently resurrected the designation (OA) it hadn’t used since WWII by designating the L3Harris/Air Tractor AT-802U as the OA-1K. The name emphasizes the aircraft’s versatility in special operations missions, low-intensity situations, close air support, precision strikes, and armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. It also brings to mind a time when the USAF and its forerunner, the Army Air Corps, operated a large number of tail-dragger-equipped aircraft. Before moving on to the OA-1K itself, AFSOC is supposedly considering training test pilots and instructors on commercial tail-wheel aircraft.