Founder and CEO James Barlow said the company has more than 20 employees in Pensacola right now. But he's looking to grow that number. The company’s aircraft fleet is composed of fixed-wing A-90 Raiders, BAC-167 Strikemasters, IAR-823 Brasovs and rotary-wing AH-6 Little Birds.
Blue Air Training, headquartered in Las Vegas, began because Barlow, a former Air Force A-10 pilot, saw the need for more in-depth, hands-on close air support training for people who are on the radios.
The company received permission in 2011 to begin training Air Force attack controllers and fighter pilots. Barlow retired from the Air Force to lead the company full-time. The other U.S. operations are in Yuma, Ariz., and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Blue Air Training also has bases in South America and Wales. (Post)
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