By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor
I'm surprised by the following three stunning shots, copied this night from the 188th Fighter Wing's official newspaper "The Flying Razorback", March 2012 online PDF issue. These professional photos were taken by Jim "Hazy" Haseltine of HIGH-G Productions.
A four ship of A-10C Thunderbolt II "Warthogs" with the 188th Fighter Wing train during a deployment to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 21 as part of Operation Snowbird. The objective of Operation Snowbird was to prepare the Flying Razorbacks for their deployment to Afghanistan this summer. (Photo by Jim Haseltine) Full size
Note: WOW!!! Very best A-10 "Air Ballet" ever seen, probably inspirated by the photographer.
Capt. Josh Parnell, also a pilot with the 188th, fires an AGM-65 Maverick near Davis-Monthan Feb. 20. (Photo by Jim Haseltine) Full size
Note: Pictured is A-10C 79-0129, firing a live AGM-65 Maverick.
Capt. B.J. Ginger, an A-10C Thunderbolt II "Warthog" pilot with the 188th Fighter Wing, drops MK-82s at a range near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 20 as part of Operation Snowbird training. The objective of Operation Snowbird was to prepare the 188th for its upcoming Air Expeditionary Forces (AEF) rotation to Afghanistan. The Flying Razorbacks deployed approximately 300 operations, maintenance and support personnel to Davis-Monthan. Full size
Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0166, dropping 500lb Mk. 82 Air Inflatable Retard (AIR) inert training bombs (blue bodies). The Mk. 82 AIR has a parachute pack in the rear of the tailkit that deploys to slow the bomb's descent after drop. This allows the A-10 to escape the impact area, thus decreasing the chances of the jet being damaged by its own bomb's explosion at low altitude.