The interesting image in this post was taken by the famous photographer Peter Steehouwer (click here and browse his site to see his incredible shots) and 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.
Although we don’t know exactly the story behind these kill marks and although the A-10 is really a badass machine it would be difficult for the world famous Hog scoring kills against F-16 and F-22 fighters.
According to some internet rumors in fact the A-10 portrayed in this photo would be a “demo bird” (most probably belonging to USAF Air Combat Command A-10 Demo Team) sporting the marks of aircraft from other demo teams such as F-22 and F-16 fighter jets which usually fly in formation together during airshows across the U.S.
Actually the Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, stationed out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, brings the aircraft to air shows around the country to showcase the unique combat capabilities of the A-10 “Warthog.” They perform precision aerial maneuvers while highlighting the mission and professionalism of the men and women of the United States Air Force. Additionally, the team brings attention to the Air Force’s proud history by flying formations with historical aircraft in the Air Force Heritage Flight.
The aim of USAF Heritage Flight is to provide civilian and military pilots the opportunity to practice flying in formation for air shows across the nation.
The Heritage Flight gives the chance to see historic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and the F-86 Sabre, mixed with the modern A-10C Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.
Please feel free to email us if you have further info about the F-22 and F-16 kill marks painted on the A-10 portrayed in Steehouwer’s picture.
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham / U.S. Air Force
Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com
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