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A-10 Thunderbolt II

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.
Head on aerial of a US Air Force (USAF) OA/A-10 Thunderbolt II observation/attack aircraft, piloted by USAF Captain (CPT) Andrew Quinn, 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), Bagram Air Base (AB), Afghanistan (AFG), over Afghanistan
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Captain (CPT) Ron McGee of the 442nd Tactical Fighter Wing is greeted by STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Thomas Dalsing while preparing to board an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise CORONET CARD

Captain (CPT) Ron McGee of the 442nd Tactical Fighter Wing is greeted ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CORONET CARD Base: Norvenick Air Base Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Robert Watson Release Status: ... more

Maintenance personnel load a fuel tank on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 442nd Tactical Fighter Wing during Exercise CORONET CARD

Maintenance personnel load a fuel tank on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CORONET CARD Base: Norvenick Air Base Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Robert Watson Release Status: ... more

MASTER Sergeant Harry Devine, wearing an M-17 chemical-biological field mask, operates the controls on a fuel truck to refuel an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise CORONET CARD

MASTER Sergeant Harry Devine, wearing an M-17 chemical-biological fiel...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CORONET CARD Base: Norvenick Air Base Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Robert Watson Release Status: ... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test at the Rome Air Development Center's Newport Test Site

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Griffiss Air Force Base State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test at the Rome Air Development Center's Newport Test Site

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Griffiss Air Force Base State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

An AN/ALQ-131(A) electronic countermeasures pod is mounted on the wing of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft attached to a pedestal during testing at the Rome Air Development Center's Newport Test Site

An AN/ALQ-131(A) electronic countermeasures pod is mounted on the wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Griffiss Air Force Base State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test at the Rome Air Development Center's Newport Test Site. Cluster bombs and an electronics countermeasures pod are mounted on the aircraft's pylons

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is mounted on a pedestal during a test...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Griffiss Air Force Base State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... more

A 30mm ammunition loader is moved across the flight line in preparation for loading into a GAU-8/A Avenger cannon on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft (background) during Exercise Opportune Journey 84

A 30mm ammunition loader is moved across the flight line in preparatio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 84 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene... more

A left front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the Massachusettes Air National Guard, parked on the flight line during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 84

A left front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the Massachu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 84 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene... more

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Snow, aboard an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the Massachusettes Air National Guard, awaits taxiing instructions from the flight tower during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 84

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Snow, aboard an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 84 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene... more

Front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the Massachusetts Air National Guard, parked on the flight line during Exercise Opportune Journey '84. The A-10 is armed with a GAU-8/A avenger 30mm cannon. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the Massachusetts A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY '84 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scen... more

Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters are used to drop off Marines at Deluz Canyon where they will begin a 10-mile conditioning hike

Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters are used to drop off Marines at Deluz...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Juarez Release Status... more

Marines from Headquarters Battalion begin the second half of a 10-mile conditioning hike that began in Deluz Canyon. The Marines are led by the commanding officer of Headquarters Battalion, Colonel (COL) J.A. Kelly, and Sergeant Major (SGM) J.M. Collins

Marines from Headquarters Battalion begin the second half of a 10-mile...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: COL Bewley Release Status... more

Wearing arctic clothing for protection from the subzero temperatures, AIRMAN First Class Gary Mathis fills out paperwork while working on the flight line. Mathis is a member of the 343rd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is parked in the background

Wearing arctic clothing for protection from the subzero temperatures, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eielson Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Lou Hernandez Release Status: Rele... more

A member of the 374th Combat Control Team takes a reading with a Brunton compass during a 10-ship air drop exercise being conducted by the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing

A member of the 374th Combat Control Team takes a reading with a Brunt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Daniel C. Perez Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A model of the Experimental Test Accelerator (ETA) faciity at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The 2.5 MeV gun is on the support stand in the right foreground. A 10 kA electron beam pulse is accelerated in the gun to 2.5 MeV by inductively summing the output voltage of ten water blumleins charged to 250 kV

A model of the Experimental Test Accelerator (ETA) faciity at Lawrence...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Wearing arctic clothing for protection from the subzero temperatures, STAFF Sergeant Ken Baptista works on the flight line. Baptista is a member of the 343rd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is parked in the background

Wearing arctic clothing for protection from the subzero temperatures, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eielson Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Lou Hernandez Release Status: Rele... more

An MW20BFL articulated rough terrain forklift truck is used to lift a pallet of supplies during a 10-ship air drop exercise being conducted by the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing

An MW20BFL articulated rough terrain forklift truck is used to lift a ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Daniel C. Perez Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

Silhouetted by the setting sun, a C-130 Hercules aircraft prepares to land during a 10-ship air drop exercise being conducted by the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing

Silhouetted by the setting sun, a C-130 Hercules aircraft prepares to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Daniel C. Perez Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

An air-to-air left side view of various U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School aircraft flying in formation. The aircraft include, from top to bottom: an F-111A, A-10A Thunderbolt II, F-15 Eagle, F-4 Phantom II, F-16A Fighting Falcon, and F-5 Tiger aircraft

An air-to-air left side view of various U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT. Bill Thompson Release Status: Rele... more

Two ground crewmen place engine covers on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at the support center during Exercise BRIM FROST '85

Two ground crewmen place engine covers on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BRIM FROST '85 Base: Kodiak State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Zachs Rel... more

An airman attaches a refueling hose to an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise BRIM FROST '85

An airman attaches a refueling hose to an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BRIM FROST '85 Base: Kodiak State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Zachs Rel... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot adjusts his chemical-biological warfare gear in the cockpit of his aircraft during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot adjusts his chemical-biological ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: ... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft stands ready on the flight line during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft stands ready on the flight line during...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: ... more

A crew chief helps an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot adjust his chemical-biological warfare gear in the cockpit of his aircraft during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

A crew chief helps an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot adjust his ch...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: ... more

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Bryan Bero, 6151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for a flight during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Bryan Bero, 6151st Consolidated Aircraft Main...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: ... more

Flying in formation during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85 are, clockwise from bottom, a 51st Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) A-10 Thunderbolt II, an F-4 Phantom II, an 18th TFW F-15 Eagle, an 8th TFW Eagle F-16 Fighting Falcon, and an F-5E Tiger II,

Flying in formation during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85 are, clockwise fro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

Flying in formation during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85 are, from top to bottom, an F-5E Tiger II, an 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) F-16 Fighting Falcon, an 18th Tactical Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle, an F-4 Phantom II, and a 51st TFW A-10 Thunderbolt II

Flying in formation during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85 are, from top to b...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is towed across the flight line during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is towed across the flight line during...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Mike Dial Release Status: ... more

Munitions personnel in chemical-biological warfare gear load bombs onto an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT '85

Munitions personnel in chemical-biological warfare gear load bombs ont...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Osan Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released... more

Members of the 81st Equipment Maintenance Squadron conduct a periodic phase inspection of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft belonging to the 81st Tactical Wing

Members of the 81st Equipment Maintenance Squadron conduct a periodic ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Raf Bentwaters Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Jose Lopez Jr. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... more

A member of the 6151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron refuels an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

A member of the 6151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron refu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Suwon Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Hon Moo Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service ... more

An air-to-air left side view of two US Air Force (USAF) A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft of the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron during Theater Force Employment Exercise IV

An air-to-air left side view of two US Air Force (USAF) A-10A Thunderb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Sullivan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An air-to-air right side view of a 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft banking toward Cain Lake, a landmark near the base where pilots practice their combat flying tactics. The aircraft is armed with AGM-65 Maverick missiles and an AN/ALQ-119 electronic countermeasures pod

An air-to-air right side view of a 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT. Bill Thompson Release Status: ... more

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Luis Herrera, a 354th Transportation Squadron load crew chief, removes a BDU-33 practice bomb from the wing pylon of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in preparation for Exercise QUICK THUNDER '86-2

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Luis Herrera, a 354th Transportation Squadro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: QUICK THUNDER '86-2 Base: Myrtle Beach Air Force Base State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

Personnel of the 343rd Aircraft Generation Squadron load 30 mm cartridges into an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

Personnel of the 343rd Aircraft Generation Squadron load 30 mm cartrid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

A ground crewman signals to an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing, taxiing on the flight line during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A ground crewman signals to an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft of the 18...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

A pilot of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Figher Wing, prepares to leave the cockpit of an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft after arriving at the air station to participate in Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A pilot of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Figher W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

A pilot of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing, climbs out of the cockpit of an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft after a mission during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A pilot of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft pilots of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing plan a mission during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft pilots of the 18th Tactical Fighter Squa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

A member of the 343rd Aircraft Generation Squadron loads 30 mm cartridges into an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

A member of the 343rd Aircraft Generation Squadron loads 30 mm cartrid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

An 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing, A-10A Thunderbolt II pilot and a ground crewman complete a maintenance debriefing after a mission during Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3

An 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 343rd Tactical Fighter Wing, A-10A ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 85-3 Base: Naval Air Station, Barbers Point State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Sce... more

AIRMAN (AMN) Steve Anderson of the 354th Engineering Maintenance Squadron corrosion control section sands the underside of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft

AIRMAN (AMN) Steve Anderson of the 354th Engineering Maintenance Squad...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Myrtle Beach Air Force Base State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jean Patton Release St... more

A fire protection specialist from the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron sets fire to an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft mock up during a training exercise. He is wearing a proximity suit

A fire protection specialist from the 354th Civil Engineering Squadron...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Myrtle Beach Air Force Base State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Jean Patton Release St... more

Two New York Air National Guard A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft taxis along the flight line during an air show at Stewart International Airport. A Military Airlift Command C-5A Galaxy aircraft is parked on the flight line in the background

Two New York Air National Guard A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft taxis al...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Newburgh State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT Don Sutherland Release Status: Released to Pu... more

STAFF SGT. Tom M. Jones cleans the 30mm GAU-8A gun on an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during the aerial gunnery competition Gunpowder '85

STAFF SGT. Tom M. Jones cleans the 30mm GAU-8A gun on an A-10A Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GUNPOWDER '85 Base: Shaw Air Force Base State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Oper... more

Airmen at the National Training Center prepare to arm an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft with a Maverick AGM-65B air-to-surface missile during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

Airmen at the National Training Center prepare to arm an A-10A Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

An A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft launches a salvo of three-inch rockets at a pop-up target on the live fire range during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

An A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft launches a salvo of three-inch rocket...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Irwin State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Released to P... more

Major (MAJ) Prewitt climbs into the cockpit of an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft as STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Bob Smola, crew chief, inspects the aircraft. The aircraft will participate in a live fire mission during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

Major (MAJ) Prewitt climbs into the cockpit of an A-10A Thunderbolt II...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

SENIOR AIRMAN Kevin Wahlm checks a Maverick AGM-65A air-to-surface missile on an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft prior to a live fire mission during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

SENIOR AIRMAN Kevin Wahlm checks a Maverick AGM-65A air-to-surface mis...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

SGT. Greg Lamontage and AIRMAN 1ST Class Rick Buettner attach a Maverick AGM-65B air-to-surface missile onto the wing pylon of an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft. The aircraft will participate in a live fire mission during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

SGT. Greg Lamontage and AIRMAN 1ST Class Rick Buettner attach a Maveri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: AIR WARRIOR 85-12 Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Op... more

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

A 30mm ammunition loader is used to reload an A-10A Thunderbolt II air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

Captain (CPT) Jim Irish inspects a rocket launcher on an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft before a mission during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

Captain (CPT) Jim Irish inspects a rocket launcher on an A-10A Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Bob Smola, crew chief, inspects an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft before a mission during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Bob Smola, crew chief, inspects an A-10A Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

Airmen at the National Training Center prepare to arm an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft with a Maverick AGM-65B air-to-surface missile during the Air Warrior 85-12 exercise

Airmen at the National Training Center prepare to arm an A-10A Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: George Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Rob Marshall Release Status: Re... more

SENIOR Airmen (SRA) Michael J. Griffin sands the engine housing of an A-10A Thunderbolt II prior to painting the aircraft as part of a corrosion control program

SENIOR Airmen (SRA) Michael J. Griffin sands the engine housing of an ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: AMN Tammy E. Mahone Release Status: ... more

SENIOR Airmen (SRA) Michael J. Griffin and Paul D. Gelespie sand an A-10A Thunderbolt II prior to painting the aircraft as part of a corrosion control program

SENIOR Airmen (SRA) Michael J. Griffin and Paul D. Gelespie sand an A-...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: AMN Tammy E. Mahone Release Status: ... more

An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft, an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, an F-15 Eagle aircraft and an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in formation over the Nellis Air Force Base range

An air-to-air right side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft, an A-10 T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Hinson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service D... more

Members of the 1908th Intermediate Service School talk to the pilot of an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft as they monitor his bombing run on scoring consoles

Members of the 1908th Intermediate Service School talk to the pilot of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: AMN Tammy E. Mahone Release Status: ... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft taxis on the flight line during the 12th Air Force Gunsmoke '85 competition

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft taxis on the flight line during the 12...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Mountain Home Air Force Base State: Idaho (ID) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Samuel W. Ellis Release Status... more

A 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft lands during Exercise Gunsmoke '85

A 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft lands during...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GUNSMOKE '85 Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: U... more

23rd Tactical Fighter Wing ground crewmen service an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Exercise GUNSMOKE '85

23rd Tactical Fighter Wing ground crewmen service an A-10 Thunderbolt ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GUNSMOKE '85 Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: U... more

Five Air National Guard 175th Tactical Fighter Group A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly in formation during Exercise GUNSMOKE '85

Five Air National Guard 175th Tactical Fighter Group A-10 Thunderbolt ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GUNSMOKE '85 Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: U... more

Sgt. Kenneth Casey, an aircraft electrical repairman with the 354th Component Repair Squadron, uses a new, locally-designed test bench to check the emergency flight control panel of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft

Sgt. Kenneth Casey, an aircraft electrical repairman with the 354th Co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Myrtle Beach Air Force Base State: South Carolina (SC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Sra Patton Release Status:... more

Ground crewmen refuel and service a NASA 747 aircraft during a stopover at the base.  The 747 is transporting the space shuttle Challenger to Cape Canaveral, Florida.  An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is in the foreground

Ground crewmen refuel and service a NASA 747 aircraft during a stopove...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base State: Arizona (AZ) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Kathy Chrisman Release Statu... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An air to air front view of three 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air front view of three 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thun...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An air to air left front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air left front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot from the 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron is given a thumbs-up signal from his crew chief during exercise Reforger '86

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot from the 78th Tactical Fighter S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Base: Raf Woodbridge Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David S. Nolan Release ... more

AIC Eldon Pelver, 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, performs a preflight check on an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during exercise Reforger '86

AIC Eldon Pelver, 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, performs a preflight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Base: Raf Woodbridge Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David S. Nolan Release ... more

An air to air front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II approaches for refueling during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

An air to air front view of four 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air front view of four 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thund...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

An air to air right front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air right front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An air to air left front view of two 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air left front view of two 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

An air to air front view of three 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air front view of three 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thun...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II approaches for refueling during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron Wing is marshaled toward the runway during exercise Reforger '86

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 78th Tactical Fighter Squadro...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Base: Raf Woodbridge Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David S. Nolan Release ... more

An air-to-air right front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of exercise Reforger '86

An air-to-air right front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CERTAIN SENTINELREFORGER '86 Country: Deutschland / Germany (DEU) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt. Dave Nolan Release Status: Rel... more

A pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the78th Tactical Fighter Squadron take off during exercise Reforger '86

A pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the78th Tactical Fighter S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Base: Raf Woodbridge Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David S. Nolan Release ... more

An air to air right side view of 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air right side view of 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thund...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined ... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during exercise Certain Sentinel, a part of exercise Reforger '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: CERTAIN SENTINELREFORGER '86 Country: Deutschland / Germany (DEU) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt. Dave Nolan Release Status: Rel... more

An air to air left front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

An air to air left front view of an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the78th Tactical Fighter Squadron prepares for take off during exercise Reforger '86

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the78th Tactical Fighter Squadron...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Base: Raf Woodbridge Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt David S. Nolan, Usaf Re... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II approaches for refueling during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft as it refuels an 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A view from the boom operator's station of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A right side view of a pair of 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft in formation off the left wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during Certain Sentinel, a part of Exercise REFORGER '86

A right side view of a pair of 81st Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunder...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGER '86 Country: West Germany (FRG) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Dave Nolan Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... more

A 511th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft is displayed on the flight line

A 511th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft is disp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Zaragosa Air Base Country: Spain (ESP) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT.Patrick Nugent Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... more

Corporal (CPL) Gary Briggs, Sergeant (SGT) Dean Pendleton and Corporal (CPL) Paul E. Bowden, all members of the Scout Sniper Platoon, 23rd Marines, 5th Marine Division, pull an ankio sled loaded with their packs and a 10-man arctic tent during a cold weather training exercise

Corporal (CPL) Gary Briggs, Sergeant (SGT) Dean Pendleton and Corporal...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Canada (CAN) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT G.D. Bieber, Usmc Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Two airmen from the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work on a 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft engine

Two airmen from the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work on a 23rd Tact...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Jimmy R. Sweatt Release Status:... more

Members of the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Unit arm BDU-33 practice bombs on the wing pylons of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during an end-of-runway check. The airmen are participating in the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing Exercise HOG STAMPEDE

Members of the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Unit arm BDU-33 practice bomb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOG STAMPEDE Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... more

An air to air side view of two 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft flying in formation off the left wing of a 134th Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing Exercise HOG STAMPEDE

An air to air side view of two 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10A Th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOG STAMPEDE Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Jimmy R. Sweatt Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... more

A member of the 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control section removes masking from a 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft after painting it with fresh "shark's teeth."

A member of the 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Jimmy R. Sweatt Release Status:... more

A 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft approaches the refueling boom of a 134th Air Refueling Group KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The aircraft are participating in the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing Exercise HOG STAMPEDE

A 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft approac...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOG STAMPEDE Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Jimmy R. Sweatt Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... more

Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Mike S. Vitt watches from the control tower as an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft lands on the runway

Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Mike S. Vitt watches from the control tower as a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: England Air Force Base State: Louisiana (LA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ssgt Jimmy R. Sweatt Release Status:... more

An air-to-air left front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft firing its 30 mm gun during Exercise TEAM SPIRIT'86

An air-to-air left front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft firin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Milit... more