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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:45 AM
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Inspections of A-10 Thunderbolts continue
Inspections of A-10 Thunderbolts continue
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 6, 2009 16:11:57 EST

The Air Force continues to inspect and repair the wings of A-10 Thunderbolts.

As of the end of February, 322 of the services 356 Warthogs had been inspected for wing cracks, according to the service. Of the checked jets, 214 returned to flying while 108 await or are undergoing repairs.

Another 34 jets had not been inspected but were allowed to continue flying because they were considered the least likely to have cracks.

We remain on schedule to complete the fleet-wide inspections and initial repairs by June, Lt. Col. Jim Marx, deputy commander of the 538th Aircraft Sustainment Group, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, told Air Force Times. Marx added that all A-10s deployed to Afghanistan have been repaired.

The groundings and inspections began Oct. 3 after inspections at Ogden Air Logistics Center, where A-10s go through depot-level repairs, uncovered unexpected cracks. The cracks were in wheel trunnions, sections not frequently checked. While A-10s were designed to last for 8,000 flying hours, many have passed the 10,000 hour mark.

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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 05:26 AM
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1. I'm sure the goof-ball pacifists wish we would just ground
all of our awesome A-10's because it would save so much money.

Their perfect defense budget? Zero dollars.

A-10 over Germany :)
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Angleae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 01:00 AM
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2. The Air Force would love to permanently ground them too.
So long as they can claim it was due to mechanical failure so the army couldn't take them over (and the budget that goes with them).
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