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By Capt. R. M. Nutwell, USN
The Navy has decided it needs an “AX” medium- attack aircraft to succeed the ill-fated A-12. Since the AX will probably be the only all-new tactical aircraft development program the Navy can afford in the next 10 to 15 years, it represents the future of naval aviation. But a “son of A-12” medium-attack aircraft optimized for the long-range strike mission is not the plane we should develop.