Sunday, July 17, 2011
Selfridge A-10s Reach Operational Milestone
An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., July 12, 2011, on a training mission flown by the 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Swanson) Hi-res
Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0255 from the 107th Fighter Squadron.
127th Wing Public Affairs
7/14/2011 - SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- -- The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base recently passed a major milestone when the wing's A-10s were declared Initial Operating Capable in late June.
Typically, a wing spends three years in the formal conversion process from one aircraft to another before reaching IOC status. The 127th Wing began converting to the A-10 in early 2009 and declared IOC status after 2.5 years. Previously, the wing's fighter squadron had flown F-16 Falcon aircraft.
"The men and women of the 127th Maintenance Group and the 127th Operations Group have done a marvelous job rising to the challenge and the milestone we passed on June 30 proves they have what it takes to operated this weapon system, should they be called to the fight," said Col. Gregory S. Holzhei, 127th Maintenance Group commander.
The A-10 is flown at Selfridge by the 107th Fighter Squadron, a component of the 127th Wing, which in turn is a component of the Michigan Air National Guard. The 107th is one of the oldest existing flying units in the U..S. military, tracing its roots back to the World War I era.
The A-10, also known as the Warthog, is the Air Force's primary air-to-ground attack aircraft. In addition to the A-10, the 127th Wing also flies the KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueler, at Selfridge.
The 127th Wing, composed of about 1,700 Citizen-Airmen, is the host organization at Selfridge. In addition to the Wing, Selfridge is home to numerous other military and federal agencies, which fly a variety of helicopters and small, light fixed-wing aircraft.