Have you ever wanted to climb into the cockpit, buckle up, and see what it looks like and hear what it sounds like to fly one of these A-10s? It is a beautiful machine. These planes a were brought into the fleet some 30 years ago.
Though they have been scheduled to be taken off line several times, they keep coming back like proverbial zombies. Presently, the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana (also known as the Blacksnakes) are deployed to the battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq at this time. For now, the A-10 Warthog is a keeper.
For those who have had the experience of being on the ground in the middle of it, you know what it is like to need close air support. You know how important it is to have that support overhead and working close in on your behalf. If you want the best today, the one with a proven history, there is nothing to compare with the A-10 Thunderbolt.
These birds don’t look sleek and pretty, they fly low and slow, a value when you need to be able to distinguish between friend and foe.
But when troops are in the middle of a heavy firefight on the ground, they don’t want sleek and pretty. They want no-frills, serious business on their side. Ugly though they may be, when these A-10s and their pilots are called upon for their unique capabilities, there is nothing more beautiful to the troops on the ground.