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An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 81st Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany waits for take off in the aircraft hold area at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United kingdom. Personnel from the 52nd Fighter Wing are currently deployed at RAF Lakenheath in preparation for the NATO Tactical Evaluation in October.U.S. Air Force photo by AIRMAN 1ST Class James L. Harper

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 81st Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany waits for take off in the aircraft hold area at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, United kingdom. Personnel from the 52nd Fighter Wing are currently deployed at RAF Lakenheath in preparation for the NATO Tactical Evaluation in October.U.S. Air Force photo by AIRMAN 1ST Class James L. Harper

 
 
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Base: Raf Lakenheath

State: East Anglia

Country: England / Great Britain (ENG)

Scene Major Command Shown: USAFE

Scene Camera Operator: A1C James L. Harper Jr., USAF

Release Status: Released to Public
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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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25/07/2001
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