Sunday, April 26, 2009

Battle Creek A-10 going to museum

A-10 78-0708 is shown inside Battle Creek's main hangar as preparations are underway to eventualy transport the aircraft to a museum. According to private contacts, the inactive 'Hog', still wearing the Charcoal Lizard paint scheme, was used for Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR) training. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. David Eichhaker) Hi-res

Note: I extracted this picture from 110th Fighter Wing's base newspaper Jet Stream Journal, May 2009 public online PDF issue. Source

Related background info:
Formerly, A-10 78-0708 (cn A10-0328) was assigned to the 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 174th Tactical Fighter Wing ('The Boys from Syracuse'), New York ANG, Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York (tailcode NY). The unit converted from the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly to the Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II in mid-1979, and converted again to the Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Fighting Falcon in late 1988. Because of their extensive CAS experience with the A-37B and A-10A, they became the first F-16 unit dedicated to this mission.

78-0708 with NY markings at Knoxville - McGhee Tyson (TYS/KTYS), Tennessee, August 28, 1981. (Photo by Gary Chambers) Hi-res

Related online topic: 78-0780 on Warthog Territory Forums.

1 comment:

  1. I was at the 174 TFW for 21 years 72-93. If my memory is correct, 0707,708,0711, and 0712 were the only aircraft of the 24 on station we did not receive new from Fairchild. Those tail numbers were asset transfers from the 81st TFW, USAF in England.