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Hawgs in the Wild: USAF A-10s train to land in austere environments
Landing in austere conditions is a task the A-10 Thunderbolt II is well designed for. The aircraft’s twin engines are placed high on the aircraft, minimizing the risk the engines could be damaged during landing. During combat operations, there’s no substitute for the ability to talk face-to-face with a supporting unit. For pilots...
A-10 Warthog pilot recalls lessons learned as POW
On his 30th mission in Desert Storm, enemy forces shot down Lt. Col. Rob “Sweetness” Sweet’s A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, southwest of Basra, Iraq. “I said goodbye to myself because I thought I was a dead man.” As a young first lieutenant, Lt. Col. Rob “Sweetness” Sweet, never thought he’d...
Pentagon completes A-10, F-35 CAS Comparative Testing
While the flights were intensive and instructive, he noted the tests were not a fly-off. The Pentagon finished comparative testing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-35 and A-10 to measure their performance in combat search-and-rescue (CSAR), close air support (CAS), and airborne forward air control (FAC(A)) missions wrapped up earlier this spring....
USAF is getting ready for next A-10 re-winging contract
The next contract for the A-10 Thunderbolt II Advanced-Wing Continuation Kit is going through source selection and is expected to be awarded this fall. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is getting ready for the next A-10 Warthog contract to re-wing more of the close-air support aircraft. USAF spokeswoman...
74th EFS A-10s receive Gallant Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against ISIS
As only the fifth recipient and the first squadron to receive this award since its inception in 2001, the Gallant Unit Citation justification detailed how with “only 12 aircraft, the 74 EFS struck 44 percent of all targets in OIR, which resulted in the liberation of Raqqa, the decimation of ISIS war-making revenue streams, and the...
Check out these cool photos of A-10 Hogs escorting MV-22 Osprey over Hawaii
MV-22 and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted training consisting of a simulated tactical recovery of aircraft personnel scenario and a combat search and rescue scenario Taken on Feb. 26, 2019 the cool photos in this post features U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force...
Video: this Taliban Vehicle had a close encounter with A-10’s GAU-8/A Avenger Cannon
Not much is left of the vehicle following the Brrrrtttt run performed by the Warthog by means of its powerful GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mike-mike cannon. Here’s an impressive video of a Taliban vehicle having a very bad day. Taken on Jan. 24, 2018 the impressive footage in this...
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...

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