Bullets Over Bagram

Story by Josiah Wilson and Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity

The A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft is a favorite among military aviators. Frequently referred to as the “Warthog,” this aircraft has earned a reputation for staying in the fight and having excellent maneuverability in complex combat situations. It’s been in use by the U.S. Air Force since 1975 and has been relied upon during many combat operations including Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Awesome as they are, these aircraft don’t operate themselves. They wouldn’t be very effective without the invaluable help of the crews assigned to keep them running and loaded with ammunition. Check out this video as one weapons crew assigned to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, takes you through the paces of keeping these birds locked, loaded and ready to fight.

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