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SSGT Bill Clancy, sensor technician, checks the Pave Penny system of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The airman is assigned to the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard

SSGT Bill Clancy, sensor technician, checks the Pave Penny system of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft during exercise Sentry Castle '81. The airman is assigned to the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard

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Subject Operation/Series: SENTRY CASTLE '81

Base: Hancock Field

State: New York (NY)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Rod Prouty

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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09/07/1981
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The U.S. National Archives
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