Saturday, July 9, 2011

From the archives: A-10 with Miner "49er" ladder door art caught at Tallil in 2003

Updated July 10, 2011

Anyone who can identify this "Hog" by serial number? This official USAF photo was taken during Operation Iraqi Freedom's main combat phase at the occupied Tallil Airfield in southern Iraq.

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Staff Sgt. Jason M. Smith, a fuels troop with the 392nd Air Expeditionary Wing, refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II April 3 at a forward deployed location in southern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

Update July 10, 2011:

I got feedback from Joe "Dice-man" Hodges and Warthog News contributor Brian Walter, both from the United States, who identified this aircraft as A-10 81-0949. In 2003 it belonged to the 103rd Fighter Squadron, 111th Fighter Wing (Pennsylvania ANG).

This photo was taken on March 5, 2009. (Photo by Brian Walter) Full size

The following well-known official USAF picture was taken at Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait, at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom:

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Maintenance troops work on an A-10 Thunderbolt II on March 23 at a forward-deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom location. The tank-killing A-10 is affectionately known as the Warthog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman JoAnn S. Makinano)

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