Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

@ Joint Base Andrews, MD

May 2011

This Warthog was photographed during my visit to the 2011 Andrews AFB Joint Services Open House.   I gladly admit that the aesthetics of this aircraft took time to grow on me and I do find it photogenic now.  The A-10 entered service in 1976, and is the only USAF  production-built aircraft designed solely for close air support, attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with deadly efficiency.  Barring political cancellation of the aircraft, a program is underway to extend the lifespan of the aircraft past 2040.  Nikon D300 w/300mm, processed with Aperture.

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