U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Makes Emergency Landing at Moody AFB

A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron made an emergency landing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia without its landing gear extended on April 7.

The aircraft was conducting a routine training mission when the pilot declared an in-flight emergency.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II sits on the runway after making an emergency landing April 7, 2020 at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The A-10, assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron, landed with its landing gear in the up position after declaring an in-flight emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins)

The aircraft had one person aboard and landed on the primary runway. The pilot was not injured and evaluated by flight surgeons before release.

An Interim Safety Board will investigate the incident.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It is commonly referred to by the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”, although the A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets.

The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. Its secondary mission is to provide forward air controller – airborne support, by directing other aircraft in attacks on ground targets. Aircraft used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.

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