By Gary Wetzel
The untold tale of A-10 devices in Operation Enduring Freedom reaches its end with this moment of 2 volumes targeting the kinds wrestle missions in Afghanistan. that includes various first-hand bills and images from those that skilled the clash, in addition to imagery from legit army records, this ebook bargains a different and precise perception into the checklist of the A-10 in a single of the twenty first Centurys most important conflicts. at first, the A-10 Thunderbolt used to be no longer a favorite of the USAF, which, sooner than the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, hoped to shunt this chilly conflict relic onto the U.S. military and Marine Corps. yet considering the fact that then the ‘Warthog, with its bold armament, ruggedness and adaptability, has consistently confirmed itself in wrestle and developed into the worlds premier shut aid plane. In 2002 the Thunderbolt was once on the leading edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, the USA profession of Afghanistan.
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There were multiple cloud layers, most of which dropped to 3000 ft AGL. As we had no local maps and the “Hog” had no radar, there was no real way of safely penetrating the weather and avoiding the mountains surrounding the valley. “Halo 11” had reported the valley as running north to south, and they were in the middle of it. The plan developed by Capt Parvin had the flight penetrate the clouds on a northerly heading using the coordinates of the trapped Marines. This provided a reasonable expectation that the mountains would be avoided.
The grids of the artillery mission were passed to me and I entered them into my navigation system. As I was doing this my pod was still looking at the troops. I slaved my pod to the coordinates I’d been given for the HIMARS mission, and it moved right back onto the compound I’d been looking at for the last 20 minutes – just 20 metres away from the troops on the ground. ‘I thought “that’s weird. ” So I asked my flight lead to pass the target grid again. I re-entered them and, sure enough, it was the same compound.
Malard, an Armée de l’Air pilot who had previously flown Mirage 2000Ds in OEF, went to Afghanistan for a second time with the 75th EFS during an exchange tour with the USAF. During his time at Kandahar, Malard flew 90 combat missions totalling approximately 400 hours (USAF) ‘As I let off the trigger on my second pass, I saw that the master caution light had started flashing. I looked down into the cockpit and saw that my entire left engine instrument stack was completely lit up. Everything that could be lit up was lit up.
A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2008-14 by Gary Wetzel