Thursday, January 1, 2009

Real-world A-10s versus alian robots in upcoming Hollywood movie

By Joachim Jacob

Two real-world USAF A-10 Thunderbolt IIs will perform in Hollywood’s upcoming movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" which will be released June 26, 2009. During the last couple of days, there were some U.S. news media articles about this upcoming movie – the follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster "Transformers".

The lead story "'Transformers' breaks out the big guns for sequel'" was published by Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY. Source

The film's Army liaison, Lt. Col. Gregory Bishop, notes: "As far as I know, this is the biggest joint military operation movie ever made, in terms of Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. I can't think of one that's bigger."

One of the film's main battle scenes takes place in Egypt, but was filmed at White Sands Missile Range. See: Sneak peak at Holloman's, White Sands' roles in new 'Transformers' film

As USA TODAY reported, among the equipment the movie is using in this desert sequence alone: two A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" tank-killing jets; six F-16 Fighting Falcons; 10 armored Humvees; the Army's Golden Knights parachute team; two Abrams tanks; two Bradley tanks; two missile-launcher vehicles; two armored personnel carriers; and a quarter-mile of the missile testing range, cleared of unexploded ordnance and built into an Egyptian town and temple. (Signs warn not to cross a perimeter just over the gypsum dunes, because live bombs could be hidden in the sand.)

Anybody from the Warthog Community who can/will tell me which individual A-10s are involved? That would be very helpful.

BTW: Please await any further previews related to this movie.

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