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New Wing for CAS

New Wing for CAS August 16, 2019

U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.

 

The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a variety of military planes, it was designed for close air support of ground troops, attacking armoured vehicles and tanks, and providing support against enemy ground forces. The aircraft has eight under-wing weapons stations. A-10 Thunderbolt is heavily armed, with seven-barrel 30mm Gatling cannon.

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