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The LOOTM (pronounced LOOT-em or LOOT-um) is the Lust Object Of The Month. It is simply our current aircraft infatuation. Since it's an "Object," it has to be inanimate (though one could argue that aircraft come alive for us), and has to be special in some way. It is only our opinion, and is completely subjective, so any argument, while perhaps amusing, will not really sway the decision. Thanks, and enjoy.
The SOKO J-20 "Kraguj" ("Sparrowhawk") is a Yugoslavian design used for ground attack and counter-insurgence. Only 85 were built between 1964 and 1977. Though the Yugoslav Air Force retired them in 1989, there is evidence that at least some of the aircraft were operational much later.
The Kraguj was powered by a 340 HP Lycoming 6-cylinder GSO-480 swinging a Hartzell prop, and was equipped with two large augmenter tubes. Should sound great (check the video below)! In some of the photos on the Internet it looks very much like a sprayer, with its broad wing and relatively large tail surfaces. Glad there are one or two privately owned examples still flying Europe. Besides, Kraguj is just a fun name to pronounce.
The LOOTM for August
The SOKO J-20 Kraguj
A J-20 at an air show in Serbia, 2009. It's roughly the size of a de Havilland Chipmunk. More at the Wiki entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soko_J-20_Kraguj
A very nice French-registered example loaded with simulated weapons to show what the airplane looked like with a "combat load." (These could even be the same aircraft.) More at www.airliners.net.
|This one's for sale (as of 06-17-14)! http://www.planecheck.com/index.asp?ent=ap&man=&des=KRAG&type=&grp=Soko Kraguj&id=0|
Yeah, it DOES sound pretty cool! Don't believe me, though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-F0h0kiLZw