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A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 108th Air Refueling Wing, Air National Guard, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt out of the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes, Massachusetts. The refueling was part of an orientation flight that took place at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey

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A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 108th Air Refueling Wing, Air National Guard, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt out of the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes, Massachusetts. The refueling was part of an orientation flight that took place at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey

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The original finding aid described this photograph as:

State: New Jersey (NJ)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Camera Operator: Scott H. Spitzer, USAF CIV.

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

Fighter planes and military aircrafts.

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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14/06/2001
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The U.S. National Archives
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