Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

A key component of Aviation Nation 2016 was the Nellis Capabilities Demonstration with Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Demonstrations featuring a fantastic array of Nellis Air Force Base aircraft. The base suddenly came under air attack from “Red Forces” General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcons of the 64th Aggressor Squadron (painted up in livery you would expect to see on combat aircraft of… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part III

Thunderbolt II – Have Gun Will Travel

I have written previously about the USAF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aka “Warthog” and the lethal firepower it can deliver in its close support role. The main armament of the A-10 is a hydraulic powered General Dynamics GAU-8 Avenger 30mm rotary cannon that fires a mix of depleted uranium armour-piercing and high explosive shells at 4,000… Read More Thunderbolt II – Have Gun Will Travel

A-10 Thunderbolt II – The Ultimate Tank Buster

Low and slow with a deadly bite. That’s a good way of summing up the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aka “Warthog” close support aircraft of the USAF. The A-10 first entered USAF service in the late 1970’s achieving combat readiness in the summer of 1978. It is fitted with two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans that provide 9,000… Read More A-10 Thunderbolt II – The Ultimate Tank Buster