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A High angle view showing various US Air Force (USAF) aircraft parked on the tarmac at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) Texas (TX). The aircraft are used for training future crew chiefs, which is a large part of the mission at Sheppard AFB. Pictured are USAF C-141 Starlifter aircraft; KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft; EC-135 Looking Glass aircraft; C-130 Hercules aircraft; A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, F-111 Aardvark aircraft; F-15 Eagle aircraft; and a F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft

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A High angle view showing various US Air Force (USAF) aircraft parked on the tarmac at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) Texas (TX). The aircraft are used for training future crew chiefs, which is a large part of the mission at Sheppard AFB. Pictured are USAF C-141 Starlifter aircraft; KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft; EC-135 Looking Glass aircraft; C-130 Hercules aircraft; A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, F-111 Aardvark aircraft; F-15 Eagle aircraft; and a F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft

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Base: Sheppard Air Force Base

State: Texas (TX)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Camera Operator: Sandy Wassenmiller, CIV

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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30/05/2002
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