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Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II

By Htam

2018_TAM_0641_D500.jpg@ General William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, CA

March 2018

This clean-looking Warthog suns its belly at the 2018 Los Angeles County Airshow.  The A-10 entered service in 1976, and is the only USAF production-built aircraft designed solely for close air support, attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with deadly efficiency.  All 700+ aircraft were delivered as A-10A, in 2005 a program was started to upgrade the aircraft to the A-10C configuration, with modern avionics for use with precision weaponry.  Barring political cancellation of this superlative aircraft, a program is underway to extend the lifespan of the aircraft past 2040. Nikon D500 w/Tamron 150-600mm.

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