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2018

19 January 2018 | ACC

A-10 returns as a single-ship demonstration

hile all members of Davis-Monthan AFB have maintained our mission of sustaining attack airpower, a select group of Airmen have been preparing for an additional mission; demonstrating the capabilities of the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team will perform demos for the first time in seven years for the 2018 air show season. The A-10 will be one of three single-ship aerial demonstration teams in Air Combat Command.

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2017

25 September 2017 | ACC

A-10 Demonstration Team to Perform in 2018 Airshow Season

The United States Air Force A-10 demonstration team will once again display the capabilities of the Thunderbolt II at approximately 14 shows throughout the 2018 airshow season.   The A-10 demonstration team last flew in 2011. The A-10 flew exclusively with the Air Force Heritage Flight program in 2012 and 2017.

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2016

17 March 2016 | DefenseNews.com

Air Force Clarifies A-10 Retirement Plans

Amid some confusion over when the Air Force will retire the A-10 attack plane, top service officials this week clarified the plan to start drawing down Warthog squadrons in fiscal 2018.        

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2015

27 February 2015 | ACC

Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into 'Backup Status'

The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory (BAI) status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015.

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19 January 2015 | DefenseNews.com

A-10 Performing 11 Percent of Anti-ISIS Sorties

The A-10 Warthog jet has performed 11 percent of US Air Force sorties against the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, according to service figures.        

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2014

17 December 2014 | ACC

A-10s train at White Sands Missile Range

12/17/2014 - WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- Members of the 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., the 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga., and the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., traveled to White Sands Missile Range for training Dec. 3-4. The mission of the 354th and 74th Fighter Squadrons was to upgrade a select cadre of pilots to conduct unimproved surface landings on a dry lake bed, both day and night.

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9 December 2014 | IHS Jane's

Pentagon spending bill protects A-10, boosts F-35 buy

The legislation would provide USD337.1 million to maintain the A-10 fleet in FY 2015, as well as additional funds for F-35s. Lawmakers continue to reject USAF plans for A-10 fleet retirement

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26 November 2014 | IHS Jane's

USAF A-10 'Warthogs' join war against the Islamic State

US Air Force (USAF) Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attacks jets have arrived in Kuwait to begin flying strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation 'Inherent Resolve'. The USAF public affairs office in Kuwait announced the deployment of the A-10C

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15 November 2014 | DefenseNews.com

Congress Likely To Reject A-10 Partial Retirement Plan

A plan by the US Air Force to partially retire the A-10 Warthog fleet appears to be dead on arrival, based on comments made by top Senate and House members Thursday.

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15 November 2014 | DefenseNews.com

Fight Over A-10 Re-opens Hill, US Air Force Divide

After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the US Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate.

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20 June 2014 | Flight Global

US House approves defence spending bill, blocks A-10 retirement

​The US House of Representatives voted on 19 June to block a US Air Force proposal to retire the Fairchild Republic A-10 attack fighter next year.

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10 June 2014 | IHS Jane's

Pentagon budget 2015: House panel kills A-10 funding measure

Key Points The latest effort to save the A-10 was defeated by a vote of 23-13 Still, A-10 supporters in the legislature will have several more chances to stop the USAF's retirement plan The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on 10 June defeated an amendment to its 2015 spending

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16 May 2014 | DefenseNews.com

Sen. Levin: House Panel's A-10 Plan Not 'Legitimate'

The US Senate Armed Services Committee will reject a plan approved by its House counterpart to use emergency funding to keep alive the A-10 attack plane.

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23 April 2014 | Flight Global

Grounding A-10s will save $4.2 billion, decision ‘clear’: USAF general

​For months, US Air Force officials have used the adjective “hard” to describe their decision to ground entire fleets of aircraft in respond to budget cuts.

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3 January 2014 | Flight Global

Additional A-10 retirements on hold until at least end of year

​The US Air Force’s fleet of Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthogs have escaped the chopping block again – at least until 2015.

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2013

10 December 2013 | DefenseNews.com

Former Top USAF General: Time To Cut the A-10

A former top general of the US Air Force weighed in on the debate over the future of the A-10, saying it is time to let the venerable jet go and move on to newer jets that can face newer threats.

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21 November 2013 | DefenseNews.com

Lawmakers: Hold Off On A-10 Cuts

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week urged US Defense Department leaders to hold off on any plans to cut the A-10 ground attack jet and provide more scrutiny to the US Air Force's budget plans.

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29 October 2013 | ACC

Spangdahlem A-10s find a home at D-M

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II taxi onto the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2013. Five A-10s were flown from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to D-M to become part of the 354th Fighter Squadron. These aircraft are replacing five older aircraft that are being recycled into the 355th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group.

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18 June 2013 | USAF News

81 Fighter Squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe.

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14 May 2013 | USAF News

Spangdahlem AB Airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Airmen here launched the final A-10 Thunderbolt II tactical sortie in Europe here May 14. The airframe belongs to the 52nd Fighter Wing's 81st Fighter Squadron, which inactivates in June.

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11 April 2013 | ACC

D-M retires 38 A-10s, gains 41 more

The 355th Fighter Wing began retiring 38 A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group here, April 8. The Wing began transferring A-10s in order to receive 41 A-10s from multiple bases during the next few months. The first group of aircraft arrived from Barksdale AFB, La., April 9. The 355th FW is scheduled to receive A-10s from various bases around the world to include Barksdale AFB, La., Whiteman AFB, Mo., Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Osan Air Base, Korea.

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3 April 2013 | USAF News

A-10 fires its first laser-guided rocket

The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved effective in Afghanistan combat operations when fired from Marine helicopters.

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15 March 2013 | ACC

Moody A-10 pilots first to field target system downrange

Airmen of the 74th Fighter Squadron are the first to field the HMCS for the A-10C Thunderbolt II, and first to bring it downrange.

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2012

16 February 2012 | Boeing

Boeing and US Air Force Mark Delivery of 1st Re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 15 celebrated the rollout of the first re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II in a ceremony at Hill Air Force Base. Boeing is under contract with the Air Force to deliver 233 wing sets through 2018.

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30 January 2012 | DefenseNews.com

Five USAF A-10 Squadrons To Be Cut

The A-10 Thunderbolt II provides the type of close-air support that ground-pounders love and the Taliban dread. Although the A-10s are workhorses in the war on terrorism, the U.S. Air Force in its new budget request is planning to get rid of five squadrons.

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