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Tag: A-10 Thunderbolt II

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...
The unknown story of an A-10 CAS mission performed to support Special Forces deployed in Afghanistan
Just as the A-10s and the helicopters were returning to base, the Special Forces men discovered that they had forgotten one member of the team on the ground. Immediately Stock went back to the extraction location and he saw a man wandering around that location... The now deactivated 103rd Fighter Squadron (FS) from 111th Fighter Wing (FW) has been among...
Beautiful footage shows 107th FS A-10 Warthogs landing on abandoned runway in Estonia
The A-10 can be serviced and operated from austere bases with limited facilities near battle areas Taken on Jun. 7, 2018 the beautiful footage in this post shows U.S. Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs", assigned to 107th Fighter Squadron (FS), conduct austere landing training on an old abandoned runway with support from 321st Special Tactics Squadron Combat Controllers,...
107th Fighter Squadron returns to Normandy after 74 years to commemorate the D-Day invasion
Flying their first mission in France since WW II, two 107th Fighter Squadron pilots escorted C-130 Hercules airlifters and similar aircraft from multiple nations as they dropped about 500 paratroops near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, the same town where paratroopers landed as part of D-Day For the first time in 74 years, the Red Devils have performed reconnaissance over the beaches of Normandy, France,...
USAF releases request for proposal to re-wing 112 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs
The USAF aims to maintain a fleet of 285 A-10 aircraft out into the 2030s According Jane's, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to re-wing about 100 of its Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft. The RFP for the A-10 Thunderbolt Advanced Wing Continuation Kitting (ATTACK) program, which was released on May 25,...
USAF to receive first wing set replacements for its A-10 tank busters in 2019
The USAF has already rewinged 173 A-10s, but 109 Warthogs (one-third of the fleet) are still flying with their original wings and are in desperate need of wing set replacements or the service will be forced to start grounding them According Defense News the U.S. Air Force (USAF) can continue installing new wings on the venerable A-10 Warthog thanks to $103...

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