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Old 04-14-2013, 04:38 PM   #31
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If it was the 72-84 era, they may not have been training flights. The A10 final assembly was in Hagerstown, so they might have been the shakedown and acceptance test flights.
That is what it was then. I was living up the road in Chambersburg, Pa at the time. Those things would fly up and down the valley and hug the "mountain" tops. The first time I saw them I was turkey hunting and they came over at tree top level. Scared me and the turkeys. They are one mean looking aircraft. Especially(I would guess) if they were blazing away at you.

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I read an article not long ago about the A-10, that gun can shoot 3900 rounds a minute, at $65 a bullet that is some serious money every minute.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:11 PM   #33
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Back during the 1st Gulf war, an A10 with a female pilot took some serious anti-aircraft fire and she got the airplane back to base. They eventually took it apart and shipped it back to the Northrup plant in Long Island.....I saw the plane...good example of how to build an aircraft....

On a side note.....when we were boarding the Midway....it was just a big group...but when I got to the top of the gangway, there was a guy there (your typical retired Navy guy who is working the tours)....I stopped and said "Request permission to board sir".

The look on his face changed instantly....he snapped to attention, saluted and said "Permission granted, come aboard".

It was obvious that he 'pleased' that I respected the protocol....
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That's really cool they allow that. She was with us in Japan when we were stationed there. Some fond memories of that ship.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:07 AM   #35
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The Midway was the first US Carrier to have an armored deck
and was the first in a class with two other Carriers.

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