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A-10 Warthog #1207855
Fri Mar 10 2017 10:17 PM
Fri Mar 10 2017 10:17 PM
2-Ton  Offline OP
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Mokane ,Mo.
We have a place at the Lake of the Ozarks and it is not uncommon to see a pair of A-10's flying low over the lake.
I assume they are coming out of Whiteman AFB in western Missouri and headed to the Ozark mountains to practice maneuvers.
Well last Sunday, two went over headed southeast toward the Mountains.
About half hour later, they came back up the lake probably about 300 feet off the water and were getting it on.
The lake curves a lot and we are on the out side of the bend.
I was on the dock ramp and the wife was on the deck.
As soon as I seen the first one, it was already banking hard and all we could see was the underside of the fighter.
The second came around the bend just a couple seconds later.
I had both arms up giving the thumbs up and I think the second one may have seen us before he banked.
This all happened in about 6 seconds.
What an impressive sight.
The wife asked me why they were flying sideways.
The weren't 90 degrees to the water, but close to it.
Like I said they were getting it on.

Just want to THANK everyone for their service in whatever part of the Military they served in.

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

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Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1207857
Fri Mar 10 2017 10:39 PM
Fri Mar 10 2017 10:39 PM
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A-10s are awesome.
My college roommate was a volunteer firefighter, and is an aviation enthusiast. It just happened that the little airport outside Nacogdoches, TX was in his VFD's area. He was also on the airshow planning committee, so a day or two before the Nacogdoches airshow, he and his VFD would do a controlled burn along one of the runways so the pyro effects at the air show wouldn't start a grass fire. I tagged along one year and helped with the burn.
Two A-10s arrived while we were there, but apparently (I dunno if this is true or not) had too much fuel and as a result too much weight to land on the runway, so they had to burn some fuel to shed weight to be able to land. Maybe they just wanted to have a little fun while they were there, again, I don't know for sure. They flew around for maybe 15-20 minutes making low fast passes, hot-rodding around and going near vertical to climb out and go around for the next pass. They're doing this while we're doing the controlled burn along the runway. Looked like they were having a lot of fun, and we sure enjoyed it. I have some not-so-great pictures somewhere in a box or album.

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Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: EchoBravoSierra] #1207873
Sat Mar 11 2017 01:00 AM
Sat Mar 11 2017 01:00 AM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Online
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Dellrose, TN
Originally Posted by EchoBravoSierra
Looked like they were having a lot of fun, and we sure enjoyed it


Combat pilots- - - - - -having fun? Surely you jest! It takes a certifiable nutcase to strap a blowtorch or two onto your butt and go out where people make a habit of shooting at you with everything from handguns to AA artillery! The closer to the ground they fly, and the more hazardous the mission, the harder those guys party! Some of the biggest party animals I ever met were the F-105 Wild Weasel pilots I worked around in Thailand- - - - -the ones who used to play bumper tag with surface-to-air missiles. They lived like every day was their last, which it very well could be. On duty they were deadly serious- - - -off duty- - - -It's party time! I'm glad they were on our side!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1207897
Sat Mar 11 2017 02:43 AM
Sat Mar 11 2017 02:43 AM
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Volfandt  Offline
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Knox County, TN
A10's have been getting a lot of looks in anti water craft type intervention lately. And it seems they are very adept at taking out multiple small attack type water craft in simulated tests. They are looking at scenario's like what one would encounter in places like the Strait of Hormuz or in coastal environs like where pirates and the like operate.
Seemed they scored as well or better than attack helicopters.
They have a long loiter time on station and quite a large range.
Shame they aren't navalized for carrier use.....

Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1208127
Sun Mar 12 2017 05:58 AM
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fort worth texas
I remember the A10 from the Cold War days in West Germany. The Russians had tank superiority, we countered with the A10. About 7 yrs ago or so, was getting the riding mower readiy and looked up for some reason, and there was a flight of 4 A10 in formation right on top of me, talk about quiet!!! Had me dead to rights, so I waved my hat, and one of them waggled his wings!!! Had to share, Mike

Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1216672
Wed May 10 2017 01:29 AM
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There is nothing like having an a-10 covering your 6! That is one bad bird that can really save the skin on your back side. Nothing like flying a bullet proof bathtub with a gun that scares yesterday's food out of the enemy.

Only thing better than seeing an A-10 is seeing his buddies diving behind him!

Chris

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Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: ndkid275] #1217739
Thu May 18 2017 02:50 PM
Thu May 18 2017 02:50 PM
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Nothing like being down in the weeds in a jet fighter. But, my friends and I spent all our spare time in the local Christian Science Reading Room or orphanages. We were a mild-mannered, soft-spoken, chaste and sober group.

Joe D.
F-4 GIB

Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1217767
Thu May 18 2017 08:33 PM
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Dellrose, TN
"The F-4 is living proof that with enough thrust you can make a brick fly!" We had a bunch of them at Korat Thailand when I was there in the mid-1970's. I was one of those electronics specialists who kept the autopilot working, while sliding around in the puddles from all the hydraulic leaks!
Jerry



The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1217782
Thu May 18 2017 10:24 PM
Thu May 18 2017 10:24 PM
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F4's, a good friend was a plane captain for the AF variant, he called it a flying gas tank...

When we took our squadron of AV8A's on the Rosey for it's last Med cruise, our primary fighter was the F4. You ain't lived until you've been on the flight deck when one goes full afterburner to launch. The flames would hit the JBD then deflect up another 30-50'. Night launches were awesome.....

Re: A-10 Warthog [Re: 2-Ton] #1217824
Fri May 19 2017 03:46 AM
Fri May 19 2017 03:46 AM
2-Ton  Offline OP
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Mokane ,Mo.
Back at the lake today chatting with a neighbor over a cold one on his deck.
Heard a roar, and the first A-10 went by banking almost 90 degrees to the water.
Second one was <5 seconds latter using the thrust to catch the first one.
They were less than 300 feet off the water and all we got to see was the belly of both.
Then they were gone.
Neighbor said that was the second time today they did that.
Glad they are on our side!

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Photobucket
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
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