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Posted: 2/17/2012 7:05:28 PM EDT
Just in time to start sending them to the boneyard.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah, Feb. 16, 2012 –– 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.

“This enhanced wing assembly will give the A-10 new strength and a new foundation for its continued service into 2040,” said Mark Bass, Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades vice president and general manager for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
“Boeing remains a committed partner in ensuring the A-10 continues to be a ready, reliable and viable weapon system for the U.S. Air Force.”

The A-10 wing replacement program is an example of Boeing’s continued expansion into non-Boeing platform work.
The wing sets are produced at the company’s production facility in Macon, Ga., with partner Korean Aerospace Industries.
They are delivered to the Air Force customer at the Ogden Air Logistics Center.

Boeing delivered the first A-10 wing set to the Air Force in March 2011.
After mating to the aircraft and validation and verification of the wing, Air Force pilots flew the aircraft on its first flight in November.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 62,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

Contact:
Yvonne Johnson-Jones
Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades
Office: 314-777-8800
Mobile: 314-306-2516
yvonne.d.johnson-jones@boeing.com

Steve Miller
Global Services & Support
Office: 314-232-0442
Mobile: 314-882-1845
steve.miller7@boeing.com
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:09:58 PM EDT
Do I need ATF paperwork to own one????

Very cool, though!!!!
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:10:31 PM EDT
It's a beautiful airplane. I'm personally grateful they're still flying.

Gig 'em,

backbencher
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:11:16 PM EDT
I support this.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:12:30 PM EDT
Long live the MIGHTY A-10 !

Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:14:49 PM EDT
So what are they gonna do with all those new wing sets? They certainly aren't going to be using many of them to fly since they are mothballing a large percentage of the A10 fleet.

Yet another example of rampant waste in government spending.

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Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:17:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Just in time to start sending them to the boneyard.


Obama knows more about military readiness. Just admit it.

Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:17:30 PM EDT
Wow. . .look at the crowd at that press conference. . .
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:18:31 PM EDT
They should give those to the Marines.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:22:06 PM EDT
One of the best in the inventory.

Long may she fly!
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:24:07 PM EDT
Just like the KC-135 the last pilot to fly one hasn't been born yet! Hard to rid of stuff that works!

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Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:26:09 PM EDT
Ah, they're just refurbishing them to use against us at some point down the road.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:27:12 PM EDT
The flying chainsaw of justice.

( if you've ever heard one do a strafing run in real life you'll understand why I call it that.)
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:27:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By weptek911:
Originally Posted By KA3B:
Just in time to start sending them to the boneyard.


Obama knows more about military readiness. Just admit it.



I wish he would choke himself with the wookies dick.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:28:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
They should give those to the Marines.

Yeah give um to the Marines and Army

put an end to this CAS cat fighting
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:28:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Rescue43:
Ah, they're just refurbishing them to use against us at some point down the road.


Not possible! The EPA won't allow it!

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Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:29:58 PM EDT
The A-10 isn't going anywhere, any time soon.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:31:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
They should give those to the Marines.


Would be cool, but they would have to be able to take off and land from a carrier, and probably an LHA type "short bus" like the one I was on, so no chance .
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:32:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Rescue43:
Ah, they're just refurbishing them to use against us at some point down the road.


Hells Bells, doesn't the ATF have two of these?
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:33:20 PM EDT
The best part about this airplane is it kills people.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:34:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2012 7:35:18 PM EDT by www-glock19-com]

Originally Posted By robmkivseries70:
Originally Posted By Rescue43:
Ah, they're just refurbishing them to use against us at some point down the road.


Hells Bells, doesn't the ATF have two of these?
They had a couple OV-10 Broncos
but IIRC congress dick slapped um and gave um to customs

Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:38:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2012 7:38:50 PM EDT by rabidus]
Mothball the planes?


Fine. Take out the gau8 avenger cannon and set it on top of some treads and a 15,000 round drum.

Send these portable death units along side Abrams.

Let the games begin...
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:41:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Frank_The_Tank:
The best part about this airplane is it kills people.


That's the single most elegant thing I've ever seen on ARFCOM.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:42:31 PM EDT
Mothball= Oil up gun and put in back of safe.

Mothball= Load Pmag, Put Cover on Pmag, put Pmag in ammo can.

Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:43:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:46:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:51:48 PM EDT
Love the A10! Bad guys hate the sound of it coming!
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 7:52:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Woodsrider:
The A-10 isn't going anywhere, any time soon.


When the 5 A-10 squadrons are cut from the USAF the planes will be going to the boneyard.

Link Posted: 2/17/2012 8:10:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:

Originally Posted By robmkivseries70:
Originally Posted By Rescue43:
Ah, they're just refurbishing them to use against us at some point down the road.


Hells Bells, doesn't the ATF have two of these?
They had a couple OV-10 Broncos
but IIRC congress dick slapped um and gave um to customs


Well, then that leaves BATFE room for a couple A10's. Of course, i would hate to see what kind of flat metal bars, chains, ropes, shoelaces, and other assorted items they would have attached to the planes for them to "function as intended".
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 8:12:29 PM EDT
I bet the sound of an A10 arriving to the battle is like losing virginity again.

Unless, of course, your name is hadji.

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Link Posted: 2/17/2012 8:40:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stove_Pipe:
Originally Posted By doorgunner84:
They should give those to the Marines.


Would be cool, but they would have to be able to take off and land from a carrier, and probably an LHA type "short bus" like the one I was on, so no chance .


The A10 can IIRC take off from an extremely short runway. All you'd really need are foldable wings, which is too bad since they JUST finished making the wings

The thing is designed to fly slow and low, so it would probably be very easy to take off and land from a carrier even without a catapult.
Link Posted: 2/17/2012 8:42:30 PM EDT
The A-10, my favorite military aircraft, is going away, to be used for hurricane chasing/testing.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/defense-cuts-include-10-warthog_620839.html

This is the future in aviation.
http://singularityhub.com/2012/02/09/the-era-of-robotic-warfare-has-arrived-30-of-all-us-military-aircraft-are-drones/
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