Sunday, December 27, 2009
122nd Fighter Wing A-10C acceptance training slated for March 2010
An A-10 with simulated markings of the 122nd Fighter Wing "Blacksnakes" (Still picture, captured from an official 122nd Fighter Wing demo file).
By Joachim Jacob
According to the Warthog Territory Forums, 122nd Fighter Wing A-10C acceptance training could be slated for March 2010.
As mentioned by the same private source, the 122nd Fighter Wing (Indiana Air National Guard), Fort Wayne International Airport, will receive the following A-10Cs: 6 each from the 23rd Fighter Group, 23rd Wing (ACC), Moody AFB, Georgia; 6 each from the 103rd Fighter Squadron, 111th Fighter Wing (Pennsylvania ANG), Willow Grove ANGB; 6 each from the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Wing (PACAF), Osan AB, Republic of Korea; and "4-5 borrowed from the USAF" - whatever that means.
Background info: For the 122nd Fighter Wing the A-10C will span the gap from when the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon ("Viper") is retired and when the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter - JSF) becomes available to the Air National Guard.
F-16's to be phased out"[122nd FW will get A-10s]