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  • A-10 backers win House vote to save plane

    06/20/2014 7:39:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriation bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from spending any money to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet — a mainstay of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But the fate of the venerated “Warthog” close-air-support jet remains far from certain, as the Senate still must act, and the issue will likely be hammered out in conference committee. The amendment’s bipartisan adoption was a victory for Rep. Ron Barber, a Tucson Democrat, and other A-10 supporters, who were chagrined when the House Appropriations Committee left A-10 funding out of...
  • Congressional Committee Just Voted to Kill the A-10And Endanger Troops Lives

    06/13/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 13, 2014 | Winslow Wheeler & Pierre Sprey
    On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee made clear the way many on Capitol Hill view national defense. By a raised-hands vote of 13 to 23, the Committee rejected an amendment from Congressman Jack Kingstona Georgia Republicanto redirect $339 million from operation and maintenance funds, deemed excess, to retain 234 A-10 close air support aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Even though the committee found $1.6 billion to increase the Obama Administrations budget to buy hardware, it could not find a penny to retain one of the most extraordinarily effective weapons in the U.S. arsenaland one of the cheapest...
  • Planned cuts could threaten Davis-Monthan's future

    05/04/2014 9:32:13 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The Air Force’s plan to retire its entire fleet of A-10C “Warthogs” could make Davis-Monthan Air Force Base vulnerable to the next round of base closures. In its proposed budget, the Air Force would eliminate the close air support jet, including 55 active-duty A-10Cs at D-M, by fiscal year 2016 and 28 Air Force Reserve A-10Cs at D-M by fiscal 2019. In 2019, 21 F-16s would be moved to a Reserve unit at the base. The Pentagon also plans to cut its fleet of EC-130H Compass Call electronic warfare planes — based solely at Davis-Monthan — roughly in half, to...
  • Grounding A-10s will save $4.2 billion, decision clear: USAF general

    04/23/2014 6:29:07 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 55 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 4/23/14 | Jon Hemmerdinger
    For months, US Air Force officials have used the adjective hard to describe their decision to ground entire fleets of aircraft in response to budget cuts. But on 23 April, USAF chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh says a review of the services options showed very clearly that grounding its Fairchild Republic A-10s is the right choice. Speaking at a National Press Club event in Washington, DC, Welsh says the service evaluated a number of cost-cutting options against a very detailed operational analyses before making decisions. We came very clearly to the conclusion that of all those horrible options, the...
  • Air Force general backs A-10 retention

    04/16/2014 8:12:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 99 replies
    Tucson Daily Star ^ | Joe Ferguson
    A top Air Force official had one word to describe the proposed cuts threatening to ground the A-10 fleet. “Heinous.” Rep. Ron Barber relayed the comments from Gen. Michael Hostage, the commander of the Air Combat Command, shortly after the pair toured Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to discuss the fate of the iconic attack aircraft known as the Warthog. The commander of the Air Combat Command, Hostage oversees the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan which flies more than 80 A-10s. Barber, flanked by community leaders, asked Hostage to come to Tucson to see the overwhelming community support for the air...
  • Defense secretary recommends elimination of A-10 fleet

    02/25/2014 1:56:03 PM PST · by bkopto · 134 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Barbara Grijalva
    TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Defense Secretary announced today that he is recommending the elimination of the A-10, the mainstay aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, as part of a proposed military budget. Chuck Hagel made the announcement today in at the Pentagon. The Air Force has said it would save $3.5 billion over five years by cutting the entire fleet of 343 A-10s. Hagel said he consulted with the military service chiefs on how to balance defense and budget requirements.
  • War fighters, not bureaucrats bear the brunt of cuts

    02/24/2014 10:31:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | February 24, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    The NYT reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will today announce plans to slash the United States Armys fighting force to its smallest level since before World War II as well as eliminating an entire class of attack aircraft, including the fearsome A-10. Obama officials say that the smaller fighting force reflects budget realities and an end to large-scale foreign wars.
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • The Air Force is Quietly Killing Off the A-10Over Congress Protests

    11/15/2013 5:31:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen is fighting back against the U.S. Air Forces move to prematurely retire all 350 of its A-10 Warthog attack planes between 2015 and 2018. But the flying branch is already strangling the A-10 force with budget cuts, upgrade cancellations and a reduced contingent of new pilots. The battle is intensifying in Washington, D.C. over the legendary warplane, which was originally meant to destroy Soviet tanks and has flown thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving scores of American lives with its overwhelming firepower.
  • Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft

    09/18/2013 3:04:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight International ^ | 09/18/2013 | DAVE MAJUMDAR
    Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft The US Air Force will likely have to cut entire fleets of aircraft to comply with the Congressional sequestration law, says a top service official. In order to retain a force capable of operating across the spectrum of operations, the USAF will have to sacrifice single-mission aircraft in order to preserve multirole machines. The only way you really save money is to make entire weapons systems go away, says Gen Mike Hostage, commander of the USAFs Air Combat Command. That is so that the whole logistics train, the whole support...
  • Warthog fans rally after Flake revelation

    08/20/2013 4:01:59 AM PDT · by \/\/ayne · 51 replies
    Arizona Daily Independent ^ | August 20, 2013 | Diego Moya
    A nationwide effort has begun to save the Air Forces A-10 after Arizona Senator Jeff Flake revealed on the James T. Harris radio show that plans were in place to mothball the craft. Boots on the ground have joined A-10 pilots and crews to save the plane that has frequently saved them. Fans of the A-10 warthog are circulating a petition in the hopes of gathering 100,000 signatures by September 16. Facebook groups Stand for Protecting Heroes, Keep the A10 in the U.S. Military, and Save the A-10 deployed rapidly in defense of the plane that offers them their best...
  • A-10's Go To War: Bombs Guns and Fire! Simply Awesome - Remote Controlled Jets Turbine Power

    06/22/2013 6:37:02 PM PDT · by ak267 · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jun 7, 2011 | b101aa2
    This is a great show of 3 Big turbine remote controlled A-10's blowing away cardboard tanks. Yes, look carefully, there are tank displays out there at the end of the field. This is basically just awesome. For more information about the Desert Jet Storm Rally in Phoenix, the schedule, and registration, please visit their website at:
  • Congress moves toward saving A-10 jets at Selfridge

    05/26/2012 8:42:17 AM PDT · by equaviator · 31 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | May 25 2012 | Chad Selewski
    The effort to preserve Selfridge Air National Guard Bases 24 A-10 aircraft gained some altitude Thursday when the Senate Armed Services Committee embraced a provision that would block budget cuts to the Air National Guard. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee had unanimously approved an annual defense bill that rejects proposals to eliminate Air National Guard aircraft and personnel across the nation, including proposed cuts at Michigan bases. The cuts proposed by the Air Force would have eliminated the A-10 jets in the 107th Fighter Squadron at Selfridge and the 560 military...
  • Unmanned version of A-10 on way

    02/22/2012 2:49:46 PM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Manassas, Va. (UPI) Feb 20, 2012 | by Staff Writers
    Aurora Flight Sciences has been selected to work on a U.S. military project for an unmanned version of the A-10 close support aircraft. Its selection as a team member in the Persistent Close Air Support program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was made by Raytheon, which is leading the effort. Aurora, with extensive experience in robotic aerial vehicles, will be responsible for developing the demonstrator aircraft. "Aurora's selection by Raytheon to develop critical air vehicle technologies for the DARPA PCAS program is a major step in our relationship, which began with the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle and...
  • Candice Miller fights to keep Selfridge A-10s

    02/10/2012 7:26:15 AM PST · by equaviator · 18 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | February 10, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    Air Force says decision final; loss of squadron includes 600 workers U.S. Rep. Candice Miller on Thursday vowed to fight the cutbacks planned at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, calling the Pentagon decision to eliminate the base's A-10 aircraft "unfounded, unfair and economically indefensible." Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, and fellow GOP Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton met with Air Force Secretary Michael Donley on Tuesday and were told that the cutbacks at Selfridge and at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base are final. Only a congressional decision to alter President Barack Obama's budget proposal could...
  • Air Force to eliminate A-10 aircraft squadron at Selfridge; will add four KC-135 tanker planes

    02/03/2012 1:07:16 PM PST · by equaviator · 17 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | February 03, 2012
    Carl Levin announced a few minutes ago that the Air Force will eliminate the A-10 aircraft squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base but will also add four KC-135 tanker planes to the Harrison Township installation. Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: While the Air Force plan announced today would mean changes at Michigan military bases, they also would mean that Michigan National Guard airmen will continue to play a vital and enduring rule in national security, and the planned changes are far less dramatic than uninformed rumors had suggested. The 127th Wing at...

    02/02/2012 3:17:04 AM PST · by equaviator · 51 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | February 1, 2012 | Chad Selweski
    Reports indicate the 107th squadron will be eliminated Government officials at all levels received a shock this week when it was reported that the fighter squadron that flies A-10 aircraft out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township may be eliminated under the new, downsized Pentagon budget. If the reduction receives congressional approval, it would apparently end the Air National Guards 107th Fighter Squadron, which consists of 630 military personnel, 250 of whom are full-time airmen. Most are pilots and maintenance mechanics. The proposed Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2013, which sets the stage for a decade-long...
  • A-10 vs Taliban bikers....(Never forget)

    10/26/2011 7:27:46 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies ^ | 11/18/2008 | Staff
    Afghanistan is made for dirt bikes. A-10's love dirt bikes...
  • Transition to A-10C complete at Osan AB

    12/07/2010 9:52:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    United States Air Force News ^ | 12/7/2010 | United States Air Force News
    The last A-10A model of the Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned here departed the base Dec. 4, marking the 25th Fighter Squadron's successful transition to the A-10C model. The new model features improved precision strike capability and enhances the Air Force's ability to provide lethal and precise close-air support, said Maj. Andrew Taylor, from the 51st Operations Group. The first five A-10Cs arrived here in spring 2010, beginning the transition to the new model. The final A-10A aircraft is being transferred for modification and reassignment to the Air National Guard. "The upgrade to the C-model is unlike any other in the...
  • Texas Christian, Villanova Picks Point Big East to Conference Tournament?

    11/30/2010 3:13:31 PM PST · by dangus · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Idle Speculation ^ | 11-30-10 | Dangus
    The Big East's football expansion plans leave the conference with 17 universities, including non-Football members. That's a terrible number for scheduling; the only way the basketball teams can schedule an even number of games is if they play every other team only once. 18 teams would allow three divisions of six teams each. Any team would play the other five teams in its division twice, and one half of the twelve other teams in the conference. 18 sounds like worsening the problem of too many teams, but having three divisions could actually restore some rivalries, and return the conference to...
  • US military deploys upgraded A-10 attack aircraft in S Korea

    11/17/2010 11:39:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies ^ | 11/16/2010 |
    The US military has deployed an upgraded A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft to its base in South Korea. The new aircraft was deployed at the US air base in Osan near the South Korean capital Seoul late last month, the Korean news agency Yonhap reported Tuesday quoting a statement from the US Forces Korea (USFK). With this deployment, the 25th Fighter Squadron of the USFK has received its last batch of A-10C aircraft with improved precision strike capability, the statement said. The A-10 Thunderbolt is a twin-engine combat aircraft used to provide close-air support to ground forces and employs...
  • Looting The Dead For A Better World

    11/16/2010 12:33:18 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/20/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the past two years, the U.S. Air Force retired 252 elderly A-10s, F-15s and F-16s to the "bone yard" (a desert storage areas where many American warplanes are stored when retired, just in case they are needed later.) Sometimes the air force is just saving money, by mothballing and decommissioning a number of active duty airplanes to free up money for upgrades and maintenance on the rest of the fleet. Thus not all the aircraft in the bone yard are old and worn out. In fact, nearly all aircraft sent to the bone yard can fly again, otherwise they...
  • "I'm glad it's ours"

    08/09/2010 8:54:05 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 15 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Aug. 9, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    First there was this gun... (slide show below) It was developed by General Electric, the "We bring good things to life" people. It's one of the modern-day Gatling guns. It shoots very big bullets. It shoots them very quickly. Someone said, "Let's put it in an airplane." Someone else said, "Better still, and lets build an airplane around it." So they did. And "they" were the Fairchild-Republic airplane people. And they had done such a good job with an airplane they developed back in WWII... They made it so it was very good at flying low and slow and shooting...
  • Military Teaches Warthog to Guzzle Biofuel

    03/31/2010 8:08:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 596+ views
    Fst Company ^ | 4/1/2010 | Kit Eaton
    Check this out for a brain-twisting juxtaposition: The U.S. military has successfully tested out a biofuel system for a "Warthog" A10 Thunderbolt II, one of the most feared combat aircraft in the World. Which is now fluffily green. Specifically, the aircraft was an A10C, and the fuel that was pumped through its modified General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans was based on Camelina. This plant, also known as false flax, has been trialled on other U.S. military aircraft, and was converted into a 50% biofuel and 50% aviation fuel mix for the A10 experiment. As much as the move sounds like a...
  • Biofuel used in Air Force aircraft test

    03/27/2010 7:27:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 317+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/25/2010 | UPI
    Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill confirmed both of the military aircraft's engines used the biofuel for Thursday morning's flight at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Fla., the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported. The Air Force said the flight represented the first time all of a military or civilian airplane's engines were fueled by a biofuels blend. The test flight represents part of an ongoing Air Force effort to develop and test biofuels. The Daily News said officials from both the Air Force Research Laboratory and Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base oversaw the test flight. Unlike conventional...
  • Osan squadron will fly upgraded Warthog

    03/16/2010 8:27:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 574+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 1/17/2010 | Franklin Fisher
    South Korea The Air Forces ground-attack airplane in South Korea is being replaced with an upgraded version that can strike targets with state-of-the-art satellite-guided smart bombs, officials said Monday. The 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base currently flies the A-10A Thunderbolt II, known as the Warthog. It received its first three C-models with smarter weapons capability earlier this month, with more to come at an undisclosed future date. The squadron is known as the Assam Draggins and has 30 aircraft. The A-model Warthog can launch high-tech laser-guided bombs and other munitions, but not the more advanced satellite-guided JDAM...
  • DARPA launches search for unmanned A-10 replacement

    02/10/2010 9:10:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 603+ views ^ | 02/10/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could demonstrate within two to three years a new unmanned aircraft designed to provide aerial cover for troops in close proximity to enemy forces. Proposals from industry are requested by DARPA by 21 February to demonstrate in 2012 or 2013 an unmanned component for a next generation close air support system. The complete system may eventually assume a role now traditionally served by the Fairchild Republic A-10 and other manned fighters, such as the Boeing F/A-18 and Lockheed Martin F-16. More recently, armed unmanned air systems (UAS), including the General Atomics Aernoautical Systems...
  • Guided rockets set to arm US A-10s and Harriers

    01/13/2010 9:28:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 1,213+ views
    Flight International ^ | 13/01/10 | Stephen Trimble
    Guided rockets set to arm US A-10s and Harriers By Stephen Trimble Precision-guided rockets could be added to the weapons load-out of the US Air Force's Fairchild A-10 and the US Marine Corps' Boeing AV-8B Harrier II strike aircraft under a proposal led by the US Navy. The USN soon plans to launch a joint concept technology demonstration to add a BAE Systems guided rocket called the advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS II) to both aircraft. Plans for the demonstration were revealed in a navy acquisition notice posted on 4 January. This says that the service intends to buy...
  • A-10 unit marks 10,000 flight hours, 2,500 sorties in 6-month tour in Afghanistan

    01/05/2010 3:40:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,266+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Capt. Kristen D. Duncan, USAF
    1/5/2010 - KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- More than 10,000 flight hours and 2,500 sorties marked the closing stages of a six-month tour for the members of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron here New Year's Day. The A-10 Thunderbolt II squadron Airmen were able to save countless ground forces' lives because of faster reaction times as the unit is based in southern Afghanistan. "Because a lot of the focus is Regional Command-South -- towns in Helmand -- it gives you an airplane that is designed for close-air support, it does CAS better than any other airplane in the world, and...
  • Hundreds from D-M will fight Taliban (A-10 pilots, support crews off to Afghanistan this week)

    07/08/2009 5:28:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 606+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Hundreds of Tucson airmen are headed to Afghanistan to help shore up the U.S. military's renewed focus on the region. About 300 pilots, aircraft mechanics and support personnel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are due to leave by week's end for a six-month tour overseas. A squadron of D-M's A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets will lead the way, departing first. The jets will be followed a day or two later by remaining personnel from D-M's 354th "Bulldogs" Fighter Squadron and the 355th Maintenance Group. The units, both part of the base's 355th Fighter Wing, operate and maintain the A-10. The...
  • House panel presses Gates to buy existing fighter jets, not F-35s

    06/16/2009 8:11:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies · 1,724+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/16/09 | Roxanna Tiron
    House defense authorizers are pressing Defense Secretary Robert Gates to consider buying existing fighter jets instead of the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to curtail a severe fighter jet shortfall in the Air Force National Guard. During a House Armed Services Committee markup of the 2010 defense authorization bill on Tuesday, lawmakers raised alarm that aircraft shortfalls could present significant challenges to the Air Forces ability to protect domestic airspace. At press time, lawmakers had included an amendment sponsored by Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that would force Gates to consider buying F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft...
  • Airmen turn empty Bulgarian hangar into A-10 hub

    04/28/2009 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 602+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Tammie Moore, USAF
    4/28/2009 - BEZMER AIR BASE, Bulgaria (AFNS) -- As aircraft maintenance and support Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, packed to support Exercise Reunion April 2009 at Bezmer Air Base, Bulgaria, they had to be prepared for any problem that might arise. A Bulgarian SU-25 unit at Bezmer Air Base provided the A-10 Thunderbolt II maintenance and support Airmen a hangar in which to set up operations for the joint training exercise. "This is the first time a (U.S. Air Forces in Europe) fighter squadron has deployed to this location, so setting up the operations and maintenance facilities to handle...
  • March 2 airpower summary: A-10s deter, disrupt enemy activities

    03/03/2009 5:55:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 739+ views
    3/3/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations March 2, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped general purpose 500-pound bombs, striking a large group of anti-Afghan fighters amassed for an attack on a coalition forward base near Asmar. The strike repelled the attack, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy force. Near Sheykhabad, an A-10 flew a show of force to stop an enemy sniper attack against a coalition convoy. The attack ceased...
  • Video - God Bless the Military - A-10 Thunderbolt Destroys A Taliban Hideout

    02/12/2009 9:22:39 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 18 replies · 1,425+ views ^ | 02 12 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    (Video on Site) The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the United States Air Force to provide close air support (CAS) of ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets, with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support. The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. However, the A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply...
  • Air Force: Dogfighters out, warthogs in

    01/29/2009 4:37:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 74 replies · 5,282+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 1/29/2009 | Megan McCloskey
    Its nickname is warthog. Thats the first clue that flying an A-10 is not the Air Forces most glamorous mission. Its designed to support ground troops, not to engage in the dogfighting that makes up the pop culture image of air combat. The wars in the Middle East, though, have made close-air support bombing targets near troops one of the Air Forces top missions. The A-10 was not the most sexy, popular weapon system the Air Force had,said Lt. Col. Paul Johnson, the 414th Combat Training Squadron director of operations at Nellis Air Force Base. But now since...
  • Taliban Chews Some Dust

    01/24/2009 7:49:22 PM PST · by clyde_m · 10 replies · 426+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 24, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    The IDF can't get all the glory. The USAF is doing a magnificent job of ridding the world of Taliban. In this video, several Taliban try to make their getaway on bikes. An A-10 Warthog has a different idea.
  • Keep On Runnin' - A Heartwarming Video

    01/24/2009 8:17:48 PM PST · by pelican001 · 2 replies · 436+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | Jan. 24, 2009
    The IDF can't get all the glory. The USAF is doing a magnificent job of ridding the world of Taliban. In this video, several Taliban try to make their getaway on bikes. An A-10 Warthog has a different idea.
  • F-16s replace departing Apache helo unit

    01/14/2009 10:54:12 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 609+ views
    stars and Stripes ^ | january 15, 2009 | By Jimmy Norris
    SEOUL Military officials announced Tuesday that F-16 jets, not A-10s, will replace a departing fleet of Apache helicopters in March. During a news conference at South Koreas Ministry of National Defense, 7th Air Force chief of staff Col. Mike Chandler said the change of plans is due to a structural issue with the A-10s airframe. Chandler said the A-10s are undergoing inspections to ensure they are airworthy, but using the F-16s in their place would not hamper USFKs close-air-support capabilities. "The air-to-ground mission and the close-air-support mission are primarily to support the soldiers on the ground," Chandler said. "Helicopters,...
  • The "Hog" drops in on history

    11/14/2008 6:08:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 1,064+ views
    AFNEWS ^ | 11/14/2008 | Master Sgt. Joy Josephson
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The A-10 Thunderbolt II, nicknamed the Warthog and known for its close-air support superiority and the ability to carry large and varied ordnance, is now on its way to delivering a new capability to the warfighter. A pilot from the 40th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with support from people with the 46th Test Wing, Boeing and a host of other units, flew a quick yet historic mission early in November. For the first time, a guided bomb unit-54, the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition, or LJDAM, was dropped...
  • A-10 pilots keeping it safe in Afghanistan

    05/15/2008 6:59:32 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 48 replies · 266+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 16, 2008 | Scott Schonauer
    (See video at end of story) BAGRAM, Afghanistan — A 200-pound bomb dropped from a U.S. warplane can end a firefight in a heartbeat. That same bomb, however, slightly off target, can be tragic for troops on the ground. The margin of error, the difference between helping allies and making a horrific mistake, is microscopically thin for pilots thousands of feet in the air. Bad judgment, poor communication or both can alter fate in seconds. Pilots with the Spangdahlem, Germany-based 81st Fighter Squadron know the risks all too well. When the squadron last deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, a pilot...
  • Feb. 10 airpower summary: A-10s conduct shows of force

    02/11/2008 4:48:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 303+ views
    2/11/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 10, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted shows of force over an enemy compound near Sangin and over a coalition-forces convoy in the vicinity of Tarin Kowt. The shows of force were conducted in order to deter enemy activities in the areas. The missions were declared successful by the on-scene joint terminal attack controller. In Bari Kowt, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted...
  • A Higher-Tech Hog: The A-10C PE Program

    01/22/2008 10:25:33 AM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 17 replies · 105+ views ^ |
    The Precision Engagement modification is the largest single upgrade effort ever undertaken for the USA's unique A-10 "Warthog" close air support aircraft fleet. when complete, it will give them precision strike capability sooner than planned, combining multiple upgrade requirements into one time and money-saving program rather than executing them as standalone projects. Indeed, the USAF has accelerated the PE program by 9 months as a result of its experiences in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The entire A-10 fleet will be modified over 4-5 years, at an estimated total cost of $420 million. While A/OA-10 aircraft continue to outperform technology-packed rivals on...
  • A-10 pilots should have an edge next time they go downrange

    11/21/2007 4:33:45 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 75 replies · 362+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 22, 2007 | Charlie Reed
    SPANGDAHLEM, Germany Tracking and pursuing enemy forces on the ground should be easier for A-10 pilots with the 81st Fighter Squadron when they go downrange early next year. By the time they deploy, leaders hope the units 18 aircraft will be outfitted with new targeting systems. Three already have been installed with six more on the way. The technology allows pilots to deploy laser-guided munitions, pursue moving targets at night with infrared imaging and stabilize points on the ground while maneuvering. The information is routed from a targeting pod attached under the wing to a monitor in the one-man...
  • Upgraded A-10s prove worth in Iraq [A-10C]

    11/07/2007 3:52:52 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 90 replies · 177+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 11/7/2007 | Staff Sgt. Markus Maier
    11/7/2007 - AL ASAD AIR BASE, IRAQ (AFPN) -- A new version of the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been flying over Iraq providing close-air support for the ground troops from Al Asad Air Base for nearly two months. As part of the Precision Engagement Upgrade Program, the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing has been converting it's A-10s from A to C models. "We are the first A-10C model squadron to deploy to combat," said Lt. Col. Timothy Smith, the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. "We just transitioned to the aircraft six months prior to coming here, and the C-model...
  • Coalition airpower supports ground troops

    09/28/2007 9:22:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 123+ views ^ | Saturday, 29 September 2007 | U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Southwest A
    SOUTHWEST ASIA Coalition airpower supported Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Sept. 27, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted an enemy cave in Asadabad with Guided Bomb Unit-12s to suppress enemy fire.The Joint Terminal Attack Controller reported the bombs hit the target and the enemy fire ceased.Other A-10s joined the engagement, strafing enemy firing positions in the area with cannon rounds.The JTAC confirmed the rounds hit the targets and the desired result was achieved.Also near Asadabad, A-10s fired...
  • Coalition airpower supports ground forces

    09/19/2007 6:11:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 143+ views ^ | September 19, 2007 | U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Southwest A
    SOUTHWEST ASIA Coalition airpower supported Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Sept. 18, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted an enemy building in Jaladabad with cannon rounds.The JTAC confirmed the weapons hit the target and the desired result was achieved.An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducted a show of force in Gereshk over a group of suspicious people observing Coalition forces.The Joint Terminal Attack Controller reported the suspicious activity ceased. An Air Force B-1B Lancer targeted an enemy...
  • A-10C's Go to War

    09/01/2007 5:02:30 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies · 585+ views
    September 1, 2007: The new A-10C is headed for Iraq and Afghanistan, as the first of the new models became available last month. That's because the U.S. A-10 "Warhog" ground attack aircraft is so popular with ground troops that even the air force brass took note of it. So they speeded up the plan to upgrade the electronics of the aircraft. The A-10 can fly low and slow, and is designed, and armored, to survive lots of ground fire. The troops trust the A-10 more than the F-16, or any other aircraft used for supporting the ground troops. The new...
  • US Air Force may extend Fairchild A-10 life beyond 2028

    08/29/2007 7:57:40 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 87 replies · 2,260+ views
    Flight International ^ | 28 Aug 2007 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force may seek to retain and continuously upgrade its Fairchild A-10 fleet far beyond its currently planned retirement date of 2028. "There are bigger numbers throwing around that are much [later] than that," Air Combat Command chief of requirements Lt Col Ralph Hansen told Flight International on 21 August. Armed with a nose-mounted 30mm cannon, the A-10 was first deployed in 1976 to destroy enemy tanks, but its mission has been expanded since the end of the Cold War to also include close air support duties and co-operating with special forces for combat search and rescue purposes....
  • A-10 pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    08/02/2007 5:05:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies · 1,000+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman Mindy Bloem
    8/2/2007 - POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFPN) -- An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot has received the Distinguished Flying Cross in a ceremony here July 27 for a nighttime rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Maj. Keith Wolak, with the 74th Fighter Squadron here received the honor for a combat search and rescue mission he coordinated July 2, 2005, when he cleared a helicopter landing zone while suppressing the enemy's attacks. The mission was to rescue a U.S. Navy SEAL on the ground. "I feel very proud and very honored and I'll wear this medal with pride," said...
  • A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released

    07/14/2007 10:35:34 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 531+ views
    DBD/Canadian Forces ^ | 2007-07-14 | (press release)
    News Release A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released CEFCOM NR-07.028 - July 13, 2007 OTTAWA - Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, Commander Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM), released today the findings from the A-10A Friendly Fire Incident Board of Inquiry (BOI) that investigated the September 4, 2006, events during which a USAF aircraft opened fire on Canadian troops. This incident resulted in the death of Private Mark Anthony Graham and injuries to several other Canadian soldiers serving with Charles Company group, Royal Canadian Regiment, Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (JTF-Afg). “Members of the Board of Inquiry produced a thorough report...