It is truly the end of an era: 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the Farewell Tour for the A-10 Demo Team

It is truly the end of an era: 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the Farewell Tour for the A-10 Demo Team

By Dario Leone
Mar 21 2024
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The 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the final Farewell Tour for the A-10 Demo Team

The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team just announced on social media that the 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the final Farewell Tour for the A-10 Demo Team.

The team said;

‘It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the final one.

‘We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported our team over the last 40+ years. It is truly the end of an era. If you have the opportunity to come to any of our shows this season, please do so, as it will be your last chance to see the A-10C Demonstration Team in action.’

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II model
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The decision is most probably linked to the imminent retirement of the mighty Warthog. In fact as already reported, the USAF is planning to divest the entire fleet of A-10 aircraft within the next 3-5 years.

Until recently, the USAF and Congress have disagreed over what to do with the iconic close air support aircraft (CAS). While the A-10 was known and beloved for its CAS role in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, the USAF says the low-and-slow-flying plane would not be able to survive in a fight against a nation with modern air defenses, like China.

The Team

The A-10 Demo Team originally consisted of two East and West counterparts before both were deactivated in 2011. The A-10 flew in heritage flight formations in 2012 and 2017 before reactivating as a single-ship demonstration in 2018.

The 10-member team consists of one pilot, a superintendent, a noncommissioned officer in-charge, three crew chiefs, an avionics systems specialist, an electrical and environmental technician, an engine specialist and a public affairs specialist.

107th FS A-10 print
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The pilot

Major Lindsay Johnson is the A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team Pilot and Commander, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. She is responsible for showcasing the A-10 Thunderbolt II at over 20 airshows annually around the country, as well as internationally. Maj Johnson is also responsible for leadership of a 10-person team that includes maintenance and public affairs Airmen. She and the team highlight the capabilities of the A-10, as well as pay tribute to Air Force history by flying formation flights with the Heritage Flight Foundation.

Maj Johnson commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy in 2014 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences – Human Factors. She has since earned a master’s degree in aviation safety from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Maj Johnson has served in Texas, Korea and Arizona. As a veteran instructor pilot, she has amassed over 1,380 flight hours, including 431 combat flight hours in support of both Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and the Resolute Support Mission. Prior to her current position, Maj Johnson was an Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 357th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

It is truly the end of an era: 2024 A-10C Demonstration season will be the Farewell Tour for the A-10 Demo Team

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force / A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team Facebook Page


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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  1. dave_mutant says:

    Sorry to see A-10 retire. But they all do at some point. It sure had a proud history and some great war stories. Thanks to all the men and women that made it happen.

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