Jun 16, 2011 5:38 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

AF Academy gets 25 new trainer aircraft for $6.1M

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - The Air Force Academy is getting 25 new trainer aircraft for a total of $6.1 million.

The Air Force Air Education and Training Command says the school will get the first two T-53A aircraft on Monday. The remaining 23 will be delivered by May 2012.

The Air Force says the T-53A is manufactured by Cirrus Aircraft and is based on the Cirrus 20, a single-engine propeller plane. The Cirrus website says the civilian model has a base price of $290,000.

The cost of the academy's trainers is $244,000 each.

The academy says the new trainer replaces the T-52A manufactured by Diamond Aircraft. The academy currently leases 20 T-52As.

The school says officials believe purchasing the new planes instead of leasing them was in the best interest of the Air Force.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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