A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom by Gary Wetzel

By Gary Wetzel

The untold tale of A-10 devices in Operation Enduring Freedom reaches its end with this moment of 2 volumes targeting the categories strive against missions in Afghanistan. that includes quite a few first-hand debts and images from those that skilled the clash, besides imagery from reputable army data, this ebook deals a special and targeted perception into the checklist of the A-10 in a single of the twenty first Centurys most vital conflicts. firstly, the A-10 Thunderbolt used to be now not a favorite of the USAF, which, sooner than the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, hoped to shunt this chilly conflict relic onto the united states military and Marine Corps. yet seeing that then the ‘Warthog, with its ambitious armament, ruggedness and adaptability, has continuously confirmed itself in wrestle and developed into the worlds most efficient shut help airplane. In 2002 the Thunderbolt used to be on the vanguard of Operation Enduring Freedom, the united states profession of Afghanistan.

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He indicated they’d taken fire from this location in the past and he wanted it checked out. I spent about 15 to 20 minutes looking at it and didn’t see anything, not even a goat. ‘As I was watching the area the ground force caught up to my pod. They stopped near to the compound to take a break, sitting down in a tree line about 20 metres to the west of it. I continued to move the pod around their position, looking at their flank and then back to the compound. It was at this point that my flight lead came on the radio and told me to get ready to copy the grids for a fire mission.

RUSH HOUR IN KANDAHAR Capt Tomas Harney, pilot in the 75th EFS, was making his third trip to Afghanistan in just over four years when he arrived in-theatre with the unit in September 2010, his two previous tours having been to Bagram. The intensity of the fight during his deployment to Kandahar came as something of a surprise to him, and Harney was glad that the unit was operating from the new A-10 base during this key phase in the OEF campaign. He recalled; ‘When we got to Kandahar it felt like it was where we should have been the entire time.

Capt Thomas Harney prepares to receive fuel mid-mission on 7 October 2008. com 33 Another of the replacement aircraft to augment the 75th EFS, 80-0144, taxies towards the Bagram AB runway for a late afternoon mission. Behind the ‘Hog’ is fellow replacement A-10C 80-0272 which, in turn, is taxiing past F-15E Strike Eagles from the 391st EFS – they were also flying CAS missions from the base at that time (USAF) ‘Of course, the engagement took place at twilight, making things even more difficult for us.

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