A-10 Thunderbolt II
The A-10 was the workhorse for Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Praised by the ground troops during Operation Desert Storm, the A-10 provided valuable close air support.
Nicknamed, “The Warthog”, because it wasn’t a very “pretty” aircraft, the A-10 was built to fly low and slow. The planes design allowed for it to absord enemy fire with little damage.
The A-10’s rotary gun turret, located in nose of the aircraft, fired 30mm armor-piercing shells capable of damaging enemy tanks and armored vehicles.
The A-10 on display was flown during Desert Storm by Captain John Barton, now Lt Col., Retired, USAF, who currently lives in Murrells Inlet.
Battlefield tank-killer, heavily armored and built around a powerful 30 mm gun and its enormous munition drum. The large unswept, the two turbofan engines in pods on top of the fuselage, and twin tailfare are all designed to keep the A-10 flying after suffering serious damage. The cockpit is armormed to resist 23 mm rounds. The first production A-10A was delivered to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ., in October 1975. It was designed specifically for the close air support mission and had the ability to combine large military loads, long loiter, and wide combat radius, which proved to be vital assets to America and its allies during Operation Desert Storm. In the Gulf War A-10’s, with a mission capable rate of 95.7 percent, flew 8,100 sorties and launched 90 percent of the AGM-65 Maverick missiles used there.
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