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Air Force special ops planes to train at D-M in July

A group of U-28A turboprops used for special operations by the U.S. Air Force will fly out of Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB at the end of the month.

Aircraft from the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., will train here from July 21-30, officials said.

The planes are the military variant of the Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turbine-powered plane with a pressurized fuselage.

D-M officials did not indicate how many of the planes will train here.

There are 28 of the specially modified planes on active duty with the Air Force, based in Florida and at Cannon AFB in New Mexico. One of the planes from Cannon crashed while doing touch-and-go's on a training mission near Clovis, N.M., in March, killing the crew of three.

The aircraft are primarily used for reconnaissance in support of special operations forces.

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Members of the 318th Special Operations Squadron with a U-28A aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., in 2013.