Idaho ANG A-10, Marine F-35 pilots train together

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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 00:51

Idaho ANG A-10, Marine F-35 pilots train together
10 Jan 2022 Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Allmaras, 124th Fighter Wing

"BOISE, Idaho (AFNS) -- The Idaho Air National Guard welcomed U.S. Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225, who fly the F-35B Lightning II, to Gowen Field Jan. 7-9. The squadron brought four of the fifth-generation fighters to train with A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 124th Fighter Wing’s 190th Fighter Squadron.

“The F-35B is a fifth-generation fighter and the Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter, which utilizes short take-off vertical landing,” said Lt. Col. Mike Hampton, 190th FS director of operations. “It can take off and land vertically on boats or short, unconventional type airstrips and is unparalleled in its ability to identify, locate and destroy the most modern air defenses on the battlefield.”

Integrating and training with different airframe generations provides a unique collaboration. “This shows that one of the best attack aircraft in the inventory, the mighty A-10 Thunderbolt II, can lethally integrate with the newest, most advanced aircraft in the world, the F-35 Lightning II,” Hampton said. “Additionally, it is an opportunity for two services to train together in anticipation of fighting alongside each other in future conflicts.”

This anticipation and preparation are essential for combat readiness against a near-peer enemy. “Training with other units is a critical component to our wing maintaining combat readiness,” said Col. Chad Kornberg, 124th FW commander. “We typically operate in a joint combat environment, working hand-in-hand with other services, and this training is imperative to prepare our pilots for combat operations.”

The training will focus on the strengths of each airframe. “We’ll focus on Forward Air Control (Airborne) or FAC-A, which entails A-10 pilots finding targets on the battlefield and passing targeting information to the F-35s, so they can strike each target using the best munition available, ensuring friendly troops on the ground are safe and giving them the freedom of maneuver,” Hampton said.

Having units visit & train is nothing new but this trip was a first for Idaho. “This is the first time we’ve worked with F-35s and we continue to build these types of relationships throughout all services and airframes,” Hampton said. “Other units outside of Idaho continue to come here because we have some of the best ranges in the world thanks to the outstanding Airmen in the Idaho Air National Guard.”"

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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 04:56

By the time the A-10 FAC finds his location on his map, and keys up his radio to start communicating / verifying coordinates... the Lightning Drivers have already electron magically communicated with the JTACS, transmitted FLIR / EOTS / SAR overlaid imagery to the JTAC who picked their targets, launched the best munitions to deal with the threat, and are currently feet up at the O-club enjoying some cold ones...

It's good for A-10s to work with F-35s... but how much F-35's helping the A-10 drivers find their *sses with both hands is going to help... I'm not sure.
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 05:58

I think the author got it arsse about but who knows - the A-10 is just magic - eyes out - low & slow - babbling....
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Unread post13 Jan 2022, 07:50

By many accounts, A-10 FAC's have performed tremendously in combat. Then there are the A-10 FAC drivers who became Lightning Drivers, and the accounts I have read of former Hog pilots and what they have accomplished quarterbacking SAR-type missions at Red Flags have been nothing short of amazing.

It is time to put the A-10's out to pasture. But muh gunnn...
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post18 Jan 2022, 04:58

Retire the A-10 please it's actually a joke how politics has allowed this aircraft to outlive its operational life by a decade +.

If a war with Russia or China ever got the stage where the A-10 was useful and survivable we won the war like 3 weeks ago.

Thanks Maverick.
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Unread post18 Jan 2022, 05:47

sunstersun wrote:Retire the A-10 please it's actually a joke how politics has allowed this aircraft to outlive its operational life by a decade +.

If a war with Russia or China ever got the stage where the A-10 was useful and survivable we won the war like 3 weeks ago.

Thanks Maverick.


Maybe they will replace them with F-15EX's? Considering we don't really have a role for them..........

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