Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Davis - Monthan AFB A-10's May Retire and Female Former A-10 Driver to fly at 2014 EAA Oshkosh

I read in the times that the A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" (A10) may be on its way to retirement.  Designed in the 70's around a pretty good sized Gatling gun, those who follow military aircraft know the power and capabilities of that aircraft and how essential it has been in protecting and supporting ground troops and armor.  It exemplifies "Close Air Support".

Kimberleigh and I had the pleasure of working with the A-10 and other aviation communities at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson in support of their Aerospace and Arizona Days Open House and Air Show for a few years.  We met many fine individuals  at all levels in operations and support.

One of these is LtCol Jill "Raggz" Long.  (Look at her picture and guess the origin of her call sign)  She flew A-10's and while still serving in the Air Force she finds the time to perform in Air Shows and this year she will be a featured performer at the 2014 EAA Oshkosh AirVenture.    We are working on some 2014 EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh Designs at the moment and perhaps we will see her there!
Jill in the "Ragged Edge"

LtCol Jill "Raggz" Long, USAF