Spartan Will Train Air Force So They Can Train Afghans

Aug 28, 2013

A Tulsa air school has been awarded a $12 million Air Force contract to provide ground and flight training for operations in Afghanistan.

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The Tulsa World reports that Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is getting the five-year contract.

Officials at the vocational training school say the contract will cover education on Cessna T182 and 208 aircraft. The school will also supply maintenance training on Beech King Air 350 aircrafts.

Spartan President and CEO Jeremy Gibson says the course will train about 30 members of the Air Force annually for the next five years. The Air Force then will train members of the Afghan military, who will use the small aircraft on transport and reconnaissance missions.

Spartan had a similar contract in 2007 for the Iraq war mission.