By Gary Wetzel
The untold tale of A-10 devices in Operation Enduring Freedom reaches its end with this moment of 2 volumes concentrating on the categories strive against missions in Afghanistan. that includes various first-hand money owed and images from those that skilled the clash, besides imagery from reliable army data, this e-book bargains a different and targeted perception into the list of the A-10 in a single of the twenty first Centurys most important conflicts. at the start, the A-10 Thunderbolt was once now not a favorite of the USAF, which, ahead of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, hoped to shunt this chilly conflict relic onto the U.S. military and Marine Corps. yet because then the ‘Warthog, with its bold armament, ruggedness and adaptability, has consistently confirmed itself in strive against and advanced into the worlds most desirable shut aid plane. In 2002 the Thunderbolt was once on the leading edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, the united states career of Afghanistan.
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My wingman did a battle damage check. The engine was done burning so, as I approached Kandahar, I decided I’d jettison my load-out as we had an area to do this south of the base – if I hadn’t jettisoned my ordnance I’d have landed well short of the runway. I put the jet up on the right wing on my downwind so I could let off on the rudder a bit. By the time I was lined up on final approach I had to emergency extend the undercarriage as all the gear extension in the A-10 is powered by the left engine.
Well, Capt Parvin and I decided we weren’t going to orbit overhead and listen to them die. He came up with a plan to penetrate the clouds and enter the valley. There were multiple cloud layers, most of which dropped to 3000 ft AGL. As we had no local maps and the “Hog” had no radar, there was no real way of safely penetrating the weather and avoiding the mountains surrounding the valley. “Halo 11” had reported the valley as running north to south, and they were in the middle of it. The plan developed by Capt Parvin had the flight penetrate the clouds on a northerly heading using the coordinates of the trapped Marines.
I couldn’t have lived with the idea that my ordnance had hit friendlies on the ground, so I continued flying, trying to gain as much altitude as I could. ‘As I approached the ridgeline I noticed that it wasn’t moving down – I was not going to clear it. In a first for me, I put my hands on the ejection handles and prepared to punch out. I waited a few more seconds so as to make sure I knew what I was going to do. ‘By this point 1Lt Palan was done with his strafing run, and the JTAC was calling good hits on his attack.
A-10 Thunderbolt II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom 2008-14 by Gary Wetzel