Skip to comments.Brazil takes out clandestine airstrip with bombs
Posted on 08/15/2011 9:42:11 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Brazil takes out clandestine airstrip with bombs
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) -- The Brazilian Air Force on Friday dropped eight 500-pound bombs on a clandestine airstrip in the jungle near the Colombian and Venezuelan borders, part of wide military operation that goes beyond targeting drug traffickers.
Video of the scene, released by the air force, showed craters on the destroyed airstrip, which they say was used to move drugs.
The highly-publicized effort, dubbed Operation Agatha, is an effort against drug trafficking, illegal mining and logging, and trafficking of wild animals, the military said.
"This operation is a first coordination effort by the government to intensify actions on the border," Col. Jose Maurilo Machado de Lima said. "We are going to carry out, periodically, operations of intensification of that control."
The operation counts with more than 35 aircraft and 3,000 troops.
In its most recent mission, four Brazilian-made A-29 Super Tucano planes flew to where the airstrip was hidden, about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of the city of Sao
(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...
That looks like a Bad-assed little plane.Almost has the line of the P-51.
Great for Ground support I bet.
How many minutes will it take to fill in those craters?
Good point — it will create some jobs. Help the locals to get some of the narco reais.
Shades of the Mustang. Most 2nd and 3rd world countrys really don’t need those high priced jets replete with costly maintainence because they’re not facing exterior threats. Why does Brazil have an aircraft carrier ? Yet should of had the units to take out that smuggling base not just pockmark it. All they’ll do is fill in the pot holes.
The Colombian AF uses them to take out top FARC lieutenants at night with LGBs.
I just finished Frederick Forsythe’s latest novel, “Cobra.” It deals with this very subject, the use of jungle airstrips in Brazil to ship Colombian “product” to ships and larger aircraft to smuggle it into Europe and the U.S.
It didn’t say if anybody was at home or not when they let fly.....
IMO, I have no proof. Those Seals were set-up.
By the way where are the A-10’s?
Remember the OV-10D Bronco