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Tag: A-10 Warthog

Unique photo shows USAF A-10 with F-22 and F-16 Kill Marks
The interesting image in this post shows an A-10 Warthog featuring what they seem to be two kill marks of two (simulated) aerial victories scored against F-16 and F-22 fighter aircraft. The interesting image in this post was taken by the famous photographer Peter Steehouwer (click here and browse his site to...
Here's how two A-10`Warthogs' Killed 23 Iraqi Tanks in One Day during Operation Desert Storm
No one in uniform likes war, but as he pulled off and looked back at eight tanks burning and exploding, ammunition cooking off and creating a furious spray behind him,  Warthog pilot Eric Solomonson thought, "For an A-10 pilot it just doesn't get any better than this." The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt...
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...
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...
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...
The unknown story of an A-10 Sandy mission flown during OEF to cover an ejected Mirage 2000D aircrew
“I flew over the town real low to kind of tell them that ‘we are here and stay away’. I then started to talk to the crews about injuries. At that point, the CSAR crews checked in,” Capt. Mike ‘Papa’ Roach, A-10 pilot How four A-10 Warthogs deterred any threat from getting close to an ejected French Mirage 2000D aircrew. On...
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...
Here's another story of an A-10 Warthog that landed safely with a hole in the cowling of her left engine
"As I let off the trigger on my second pass, I saw that the master caution light had started flashing. I looked down into the cockpit and saw that my entire left engine instrument stack was completely lit up. Everything that could be lit up was lit up," Capt Aaron Cavazos, 75th EFS A-10 Warthog pilot The A-10 Warthog is...
Here's why F-16's CAS variants failed to replace the A-10 Warthog
The F-16's performance in Desert Storm was inferior to the A-10 in the CAS role, primarily because the F-16 was extensively vulnerable to ground fire down low... In the attempt to replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II, in the 1980's the U.S. Air Force (USAF) started to develop the A-16, a close air support (CAS) version of the basic F-16 armed...