August 22, 2006
With teeth like a tiger and the face of a shark, the A-10 Thunderbolt airplanes are made to scare.
Tech. SGT Jeff Andrews said, "It's extremely deadly and very, very hard to bring down. You may wound it, but that's all you'll do is wound it."
It's been scaring enemies since it was first activated on July 4th, 1942.
LT GEN Gary North said, "So the fierceness of the airplanes in battle can ensure that Japanese fighters, when they saw, they would know who they belonged to."
The United States is the only country to have these A-10 fighter planes and they carry a rich American history.
"To realign the 23rd Wing pays honor and heritage to our Air Force," North added.
Its ferocious looks aren't deceiving. Below its teeth is a 30 millimeter gatling gun that fires 70 rounds per second.
Tech. SGT Jeff Andrews said, "They nicknamed it the silent gun because you know when you're being under attack when things around you started blowing up."
Today the A-10's can be found flying over Afghanistan supporting combat search and rescue missions.
In support of Operation Enduring Freedom the A-10's captured numerous Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets. We'll have more on what this realignment means for Moody Air Force Base and the city of Valdosta.