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1995 0812w23

1995 0812w23

A Fairchild-Republic A-10A 'Thunderbolt II' performs an aerial demonstration over Hector Field. This 'Warthog' is from the 442nd FW, Whiteman AFB, MO., AFRES AF78-122.

The A-10 'Thunderbolt II' was intended to fly from forward air bases and semi-prepared runways with high risk of foreign object damage to the engines. The unusual location of the General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofan engines decreases ingestion risk, and allows the engines to run while the aircraft is serviced and rearmed by ground crews, reducing turn-around time. The wings are also mounted closer to the ground, simplifying servicing and rearming operations. The heavy engines require strong supports: four bolts connect the engine pylons to the airframe. The engines' high 6:1 bypass ratio contributes to a relatively small infrared signature, and their position directs exhaust over the tailplanes further shielding it from detection by infrared homing surface-to-air missiles. -[wiki]

Photo by Craig on Saturday, August 12, 1995 at the Fargo Airsho.