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A.K.A. Warthog. This is an aircraft I have had a long association with. I saw an early example at a Farnborough airshow in 1976, I think the same pilot died died the following year at the Paris airshow. Where I worked in the UK was not far from the Donna Nook gunnery and bombing range, A-10's were constant visitors to these ranges practicing with the GAU-8 30mm gatling gun and dropping 25lb practice bombs. We would see A-10's all over the fen lands, they would pick out lonely motorists and use them for moving target practice (without firing). I visited RAF Bentwaters just before the base closed and the A-10's returned to the States. Later still, in my trips to Davis Monthan I stumbled across the aircraft as it took to the Arizona skies. It may not be the prettiest of planes, but it flies well, proved its worth in the Gulf War and the pilots seem to like it.

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This A-10 was on approach to Nellis, during a normal days operations (Aug 1998)

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An A-10 on the display line at the Davis Monthan AMARC facility (Aug 1998)

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A retired Davis Monthan wing A-10 at the AMARC facility (Aug 1998)

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Retired A-10's from the Airforce Reserve at the Davis Monthan AMARC facility (Aug 1998)

Connecticut ANG A-10 at NJ Wheels & Wings day (Sept 2004)

Connecticut ANG A-10 at NJ Wheels & Wings day (Sept 2004)

Connecticut ANG logo on A-10 at NJ Wheels & Wings day (Sept 2004)

A-10 firing cannon at Donna Nook, c 1989.

A-10 dropping 25lb practice bomb at Donna Nook, c 1989.

A-10's at RAF Donna Nook Ranges, c 1989.

Seymour-Johnson AFB airshow, NC, 1990


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