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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:52 AM
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Wing cracks take out half of A-10 fleet


Nearly half of the Air Forces 356 Warthogs remain grounded because of wing cracks.


Wing cracks take out half of A-10 fleet
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Dec 8, 2008 6:55:46 EST

It will likely take six months before the entire A-10 Thunderbolt fleet is back in the sky, Air Force officials said.

As of early December, 168 attack jets nearly half the services 356 Warthogs remain grounded because of wing cracks. Those planes should be repaired by June, said Maj. David Ruth, A-10 weapons system team chief at Air Combat Command headquarters, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

The grounding began Oct. 3 after inspectors at Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah, where A-10s are sent for major overhauls and upgrades, raised concerns about wing cracks.

Inspectors found breaks in both wings near the center panels of the landing gear trunnions. The cracks were inside a portion of the wing where base-level maintainers rarely check.

Those concerns resulted in the Oct. 3 grounding order for 129 jets and a mandate to inspect other A-10s. Additional inspections and concerns about planes not covered by the Oct. 3 order pushed the total higher, reaching 191 jets in mid-November. Repairs and completed checks reduced the number of grounded jets to 168.


Rest of article at: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/12/airforce_a10_...
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:11 AM
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1. they wanted to kill off the warthog
but they found out it`s the plane they needed the most. i saw a display of one of these planes...pretty dam intimidating to say the least.
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