The Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo 2019 was held last weekend in Camp Springs, Maryland, May 11 and 12.
The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthog” demonstration team was one of the aircraft that took to the skies to demonstrate the close air support capabilities of the A-10. The Warthog was piloted by Capt. Cody J. Wilton.
This is the first of 17 A-10 demo team appearances across the United States this year.
Pyrotechnics were used as the aircraft simulated gun and bomb runs against “ground targets.”
The biggest highlight of the event was the presence of both military jet demonstration teams — the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels — performing at the same venue for the first time in more than a decade.
Many aircraft were on display, from the B-52 bomber to the F-15 Eagle, MV-22 Osprey, MQ-9 Reaper, B-17 Flying Fortress, C-47 and AC-130W Stinger II gunship.
A-10 Fact Sheet:
- Primary function: close air support, airborne forward air control, combat search and rescue
- Contractor: Fairchild Republic Co.
- Power plant: two General Electric TF34-GE-100 turbofans
- Thrust: 9,065 pounds each engine
- Wingspan: 57 feet, 6 inches (17.42 meters)
- Length: 53 feet, 4 inches (16.16 meters)
- Height: 14 feet, 8 inches (4.42 meters)
- Weight: 29,000 pounds (13,154 kilograms) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 51,000 pounds (22,950 kilograms) Fuel Capacity: 11,000 pounds (7,257 kilograms)
- Payload: 16,000 pounds (7,257 kilograms)
- Speed: 450 nautical miles per hour (Mach 0.75)
- Range: 2580 miles (2240 nautical miles)
- Ceiling: 45,000 feet (13,636 meters)
- Armament: one 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun; up to 16,000 pounds (7,200 kilograms) of mixed ordnance on eight under-wing and three under-fuselage pylon stations, including 500 pound (225 kilograms) Mk-82 and 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) Mk-84 series low/high drag bombs, incendiary cluster bombs, combined effects munitions, mine dispensing munitions, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and laser-guided/electro-optically guided bombs; infrared countermeasure flares; electronic countermeasure chaff; jammer pods; 2.75-inch (6.99 centimeters) rockets; illumination flares and AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
- Crew: one
- Unit cost: $18.8 million