Tag: A-10 Thunderbolt II

74th FS pilots have been awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions in support of OIR
“I loved the A-10 and its mission. It’s like a flying tank. A very raw flying experience,” Capt. James Rosenau, former A-10 pilot The desert screams by below. The clouds scream by above. Both stretch on into the horizon. It’s deceptively calm in the cockpit. There’s a constant, seemingly discordant stream of...
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part I: the CSAR Mission that rescued F-14 Driver Lieutenant Devon Jones
"I had a moment of panic there. But, hey! the A-10s have those huge cannons. They opened up with their 30-mike-mike. By the time they each finished two runs there was nothing out there, just flames and dust, about 100 yd from me,” Lieutenant Devon Jones, former  VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat driver Lieutenant...
This A-10 Driver won the top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018
The top strafe award went to Capt. Sky Lesh due to his ability to put the most amount of bullets on targets during a specified time U.S. Air Force Capt. Sky Lesh, 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, won the top strafer award at Hawgsmoke 2018 at Whiteman Air Force Base Oct. 17-20 2018. As explained by Airman 1st Class...
ANG A-10 makes emergency landing after partial loss of canopy
The A-10 pilot was evaluated by medical personnel and appears to be uninjured On Nov. 7, 2018 at about 12:30 pm local time, the 185th Air Refueling Wing received notification of an in-flight emergency from an Air National Guard A-10. The pilot, a member of the Idaho Air National Guard, reported a partial loss of the aircraft's canopy. According to the...
That time a crewless RAF Tornado flew away after the Navigator ejected himself and his pilot from their serviceable aircraft
  We may only imagine the front-seater's feelings as, from his parachute, he watched his Tornado disappearing over the horizon The following article contains excerpts from Group Captain Ian Hall's story titled Blind and Deaf which appears in Ian Hall’s book Tornado Boys. Over the years there have been all sorts of odd instances of aircraft being left without the optimum number of...
Too Many in the Stack: A-10 pilot tells the story of a night, risky mission flown in bad weather, in congested airspace
One A-10 pilot who almost collided with a UAV when it arrived in his airspace unannounced commented, 'This thing hits me and I have to eject over who knows where, while the Predator operator simply sets down his cup of coffee!' The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the ‘Warthog’, is the world’s premier close air support aircraft. Originally designed to thwart the...
A-10 driver remembers a memorable BRRRRRTTTTTTT Run performed during Operation Enduring Freedom
"The truck was obliterated, who knows how much ordnance had been on it? The funny thing was that while my wingman was on the boom, all this happened at his 'six o'clock', prompting the boom operator to ask him, 'Holy cow, what was that?'" Capt Eric White, A-10 driver The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the 'Warthog', is the world's premier...
A-10 Hog driver hits 5,000 hours milestone
Lt. Col. Sandifer reached he milestone of 5,000 flight hours in the A-10 Hog after flying the aircraft for the last 29 years Taken at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz., the main image of this article shows Lt. Col. Robin T. Sandifer, 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Hog instructor pilot (IP), posing with the 5,000 flight hours milestone patch in front...
Father of the iconic A-10 Warthog passes away
"There was a major in the Air Force . . . . He saw the first couple of ones. He said, 'Geez, that thing is as ugly as a warthog.' And it stuck," Elliot Kazan manager for the development of the A-10 Thunderbolt II The man who is widely credited as the father of the Fairchild Republic A-10 has passed away. Elliot Kazan...
USAF begins process to buy light attack aircraft
"The Light Attack Aircraft offers an option to increase the Air Force capacity beyond what we now have in our inventory or budget," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has decided that it needs light attack aircraft and has issued a presolicitation on Aug. 3 to kick start the process. “We must develop the capacity to...