Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cold Weather Ops

(Released by 127th Wing in the photo section of their public website)

Master Sgt. Adam Dittenber, a crew chief with the 127th Maintenance Squadron, cleans the cockpit glass on an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. Jan. 22, 2013. By local direction, during extreme weather conditions, maintenance Airmen at Selfridge are allowed to wear non-uniform exterior cold-weather work gear. As A-10 flight operations began in the late morning hours on Jan. 22, the temperature at Selfridge was 2 degrees F, with a wind chill of 16 degrees below zero. Dittenber said he had to work quickly to clean the windshield, as the cleaning solution he was using was freezing to the windshield. In the foreground is a portable heating device which blows hot air and can be used to warm parts of the aircraft – or an Airman’s hands in between operations. (Air National Guard photo by TSgt. Dan Heaton) Hi-res

Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0262 from the 107th Fighter Squadron.

BTW: Two more related pictures will be posted tomorrow.


  1. Sgt. Dittenber is a very dedicated and hard working crew chief, we need more men of his calliber serving our country. Keep up the good work Sgt. Dittenber!

  2. Thats why our A-10's always look awesome!