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Watch this propeller plane conduct WW2-style strafing runs in modern landscape

July 18, 2016

Strafing, or strafing ground, is the act of a fighter to attack a ground target at low altitude with their machine guns. The guns have to be mounted in a different way for strafing. The strafing requires a convergence point far lower than air combat. Because of the low altitude required for strafing, it is very risky for the pilot, which is exposed to portable missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-aircraft artillery and machine guns. Aircraft designed for strafing may include additional armor around and under the cockpit to protect the pilot.

U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade fire support team conduct a joint fire support exercise with the Slovenian army in Slovenia. In this video, you can see a Slovenian Air Force Pilatus PC-9 (the propeller plane doing the strafing runs), Aero L-39 Albatros (the little plane on the video) and 2 M-84 (Yugoslav copy of the T-72 ).