The president of the International Test Pilot School (ITPS), Giorgio Clementi conducts an evaluation flight in a Tactical Air Support, Inc (TacAir) NF-5B with a TacAir instructor pilot, Will Price in the aft cockpit. The flight took place in October 2014 from TacAir’s Jacksonville facility.
Tactical Air Support Inc., a Reno company that provides training and consulting for military air organizations, has begun the second, eight-week phase of training for pilots of the Botswana Air Force. The training in the African nation includes tactical skills such as bomb and rocket weapons delivery, tactical formation, basic fighter maneuvering and fighter squadron management techniques. Click HERE to see the full article in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
TacAir F-5 Weapons Training with the Botswana Defense Force
December 2013 – Tactical Air Support, Inc. (TacAir) is contracted to support National Test Pilot School (NTPS) in Mojave, CA with pilots and a Northrop NF-5B aircraft, performing a qualitative evaluation of transonic-supersonic flight. This series of flights will demonstrate the stability and flight characteristics of the F-5 in the transonic to supersonic regime.
The primary objective of NTPS (established in 1981) is to train test pilots and flight test engineers for the U.S. and its allies. The flights that TacAir will provide are considered a vital part of the curriculum for the NTPS students.
Aircraft, like the F-5s shown above, capable of operating over a large speed range with satisfactory stability and control characteristics have obvious tactical and logistical advantages. TacAir not only has the assets, such as F-5s, to fly in these regimes but also provides highly qualified pilots with many years of experience in the flight-test environment. - By David Macaluso (Tactical Air Support, Inc)
Botswana Fighter Pilots Graduate from Reno Flight Program (KRNV TV Report)
July 2013 – To support its growing fleet of F-5 aircraft, Tactical Air Support, Inc. (TacAir) completed the purchase and import of all remaining Canadian CF-5 parts, support equipment, and J-85-CAN15 engines. With over 9000 line items, sixty-five J-85 engines, and three warehouses of parts, TacAir has begun the business of warehousing, maintaining inventory, and selling spare parts for the F-5 and its engines. This inventory can provide support for 18 aircraft over twenty years.