Thursday, June 30, 2011

From the archives: Battle-damaged A-10 80-0258 from the 172nd Fighter Squadron caught at Tallil

Known pictures of battle-damaged A-10 80-0258 from the 172nd Fighter Squadron, 110th Fighter Wing (Michigan Air National Guard), Battle Creek, taken at Tallil Air Base, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom's main combat phase:



OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- A-10 maintenance members from the 392 Air Expeditionary Wing inspect their aircraft for any additional damages after it was hit by an Iraqi missile in the right engine. The A-10 made it back to the base safely. (U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)



Probably a non-official shot. Full size



Probably a non-official shot. Full size



Probably a non-official shot.



A non-official shot, taken on April 11,2003.



A non-official shot, taken April 14, 2003. Note the removed engine nacelle.



Another non-official shot.



U.S. Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft maintenance personnel from the 392nd Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), inspect their aircraft for any additional damage after it was hit by an Iraqi missile in the right engine. (Probably an U.S. Air Force photo) Hi-res Note: That's the best known close-up view!

Note: Anyone who can/will tell me the story behind this battle damage? Additional pictures are also welcommend. I would be very grateful for any support.

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