Friday, June 3, 2011
Area pilot will fly Warthog at air show
Maj. Matt Clausen will be at the Thunder on the Lakeshore air show Saturday and Sunday at the Manitowoc County Airport. (Submitted photo)
Herald Times Reporter
MANITOWOC — Maj. Matt Clausen, who grew up in Green Bay and graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, will be at the Thunder on the Lakeshore air show Saturday and Sunday at the Manitowoc County Airport.
Clausen is a 1992 graduate of FVL. He is a pilot/safety observer with the A-10 East Coast demo team based at Moody Air Force Base in southern Georgia, according to a news release.
"It's nice to be back among the friendly people of Northeastern Wisconsin and get that small-town feel again," Clausen said. "People are just so nice."
Clausen has been piloting A-10s since 2002, and has done two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, with plenty of combat missions logged.
Clausen describes the A-10 Thunderbolt, also known as the Warthog, as the only airplane available for close support of ground forces. While it isn't as fast as other fighter jets, it can remain in the air for up to three hours without refueling, which enables it to loiter in actual or potential combat areas and support our ground forces, Clausen said.
The plane carries a wide variety of armaments, including bombs, missiles and guns, and is a deadly weapon against tanks, troops, and other vehicles on the ground, according to the release.
For more information, visit thunderonthelakeshore.com.