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A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

The team working on the inactive A-10 Thunderbolt II winches the aircraft into the C-5 Galaxy for transport to the Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. Museum of Aviation Flight and Technology Center Oct. 6 on the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The aircraft was disassembled into six different sections in three days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Hibbert)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

1990's -- The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg L. Davis)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

An A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft flies over a target area during Operation Desert Storm. It was designed specially for the close-air-support mission and has the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to the United States and its allies during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Noble Anvil.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- A-10 Thunderbolt IIs ares lined up on the flightline of Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq awaiting pilots. The aircraft are part of the 442nd Fighter Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., which was deployed to Talli and Kirkuk Air Bases in 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Nellis Air Force Base Nev., launches AGM-65 Maverick missiles at a simulated hostile target during the fire power demonstration Sept. 14 at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The demonstration gave the general public a close-up and realistic view into the Air Force's ability to perform its wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kenny Kennemer)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

1970s -- The A-10 Thunderbolt in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, like this one, carried out numerous close-air-support missions Sept. 12 for coalition forces engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

Range keepers help pilots stay combat ready: Maj. Aaron Linderman fires the 30-milimeter gun from an A-10 Thunderbolt II during a strafing run June 20 at Cannon Range near Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Major Linderman is an A-10 pilot from the 303rd Fighter Squadron. The 303rd FS is part of the Air Force Reserve's 442nd Fighter Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The wing flies to Cannon Range virtually every day to ensure its pilots stay proficient in the close-air support mission the A-10 was designed for.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

Airman 1st Class Timothy Coulson (on stand) and Airman Daniel Peters sand down the primer on an A-10 Thunderbolt II Aug. 20 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to prepare it for its base coat of paint. Members of the 354th Maintenance Squadron fabrication shop are working on restoring this A-10 to be a static display in the base's Heritage Park. This aircraft will be a permanent reminder of the 355th Fighter Squadron's presence here before its deactivation in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 355th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, fires a 30mm GAU-8 Avenger seven-barrel Gatling gun over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

A-10 Thunderbolt II

A-10 Thunderbolt II

New and improved Thunderbolt IIs arrive at Moody: Lt. Col. Sam Milam taxies an A-10C Thunderbolt II to its new home Aug. 7 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This aircraft is the first of approximately 50 upgraded A-10Cs moving to Moody AFB as a part of a base realignment. The move is expected to be complete in early spring 2008 as aircraft are converted from A-10A to A-10C models. Colonel Milam is the 75th Fighter Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres)

C-17 Globemaster III from the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord, Air Force Base, Wash.

C-17 Globemaster III from the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord, Air Force Base, Wash.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord, Air Force Base, Wash., lands on a newly established runway after conducting a daytime airdrop mission at Schoonover Field at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif, July 13, 2008, in support of Exercise Hydra 2008.

An annual joint exercise held at more than 3 locations in northern California, Hydra demonstrates joint coordination of bare-base setup, runway development, cargo and personnel airdrop proficiency, and other critical airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John D. Herrick)

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