8 Year Project Complete: Every A-10 Warthog Now Has New Wings

September 25, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: A-10A-10 WarthogsWarthogsU.S. Air ForceWing Replacement

8 Year Project Complete: Every A-10 Warthog Now Has New Wings

Every time a bell rings, a Warthog gets its wings...

Key point: The A-10 is a very important anti-tank plane and rehauling each one has been a long job.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Workers at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, have installed the last of 173 new wings on A-10Thunderbolt II aircraft, finalizing a project that started in 2011 with aircraft 80-0173. Air Force Public Affairs reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

15 Aug. 2019 -- The ALC’s 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron swapped wings on 162 A-10s as part of the A-10 Enhanced Wing Assembly replacement program. The remaining 11 were installed at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.

The wing replacements are expected to last for as long as 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection. In addition, technicians designed a better wire harness for easier wing removal and to lessen the chance of damaging the wing during the process.

Working on an aircraft that has been flying for nearly 40 years wasn’t without challenges. The modifications included having to make new parts for the fuselage and having to bring other A-10 parts up from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

This article by John Keller originally appeared on Military & Aerospace Electronics in 2019.

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