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US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Kruskie Jacob, Crewchief, 23rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS), talks with the pilot of the A-10A Thunderbolt II, 74th Fighter Squadron (FS), Pope Air Force Base (AFB), North Carolina (NC), during pre-flight checks. With the A-10 mission complete, the aircraft flew for the last time at Tallil Air Base (AB) for their return to their home station at Pope AFB during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The A-10 is equipped with two stores containers under the wings and a 600-gallon fuel tank on the centerline

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Kruskie Jacob, Crewchief, 23rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (EAMXS), talks with the pilot of the A-10A Thunderbolt II, 74th Fighter Squadron (FS), Pope Air Force Base (AFB), North Carolina (NC), during pre-flight checks. With the A-10 mission complete, the aircraft flew for the last time at Tallil Air Base (AB) for their return to their home station at Pope AFB during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The A-10 is equipped with two stores containers under the wings and a 600-gallon fuel tank on the centerline

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The original finding aid described this photograph as:

Base: Tallil Air Base

State: Dhi Qar

Country: Iraq (IRQ)

Scene Major Command Shown: CENTAF

Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Chenzira Mallory, USAF

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The A-10 Thunderbolt has excellent maneuverability at low airspeeds and altitude and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. Called the “Warthog” for its aggressive look and often painted with teeth on the nose cone, the A-10 Thunderbolt II is the U.S. Air Force’s primary low-altitude close air support aircraft best known for its GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun designed to fire armor-piercing depleted uranium and high explosive incendiary rounds. In the 1970s the threat of Soviet armored forces and all-weather attack operations had become more serious. Six companies submitted aircraft proposals, with Northrop and Fairchild-Republic selected to build prototypes: the YA-9A and YA-10A, respectively. General Electric and Philco-Ford were selected to build and test GAU-8 cannon prototypes. First A-10 was delivered to the U.S. Air Force on 30 March 1976. By 1984, 715 airplanes had been built.

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