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  1. On the USAF side, I think we're prohibited from flying training missions with a mix of live and training missiles *of the same type* because of incidents like this: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38216/an-eagle-named-opus-the-legend-of-the-air-forces-most-notorious-f-15 I won't try and speak about other airframes, but in the A-10 we're prohibited from carrying a mix of captive/training TGM-65's and live AGM-65's. Doing so would just be an inevitable accident waiting to happen. It makes sense. Tom, I know that doesn't answer your question about the F
  2. You're correct -- Barnes never flew the C-model.
  3. During Desert Storm, the 706th Fighter Squadron (AFRC out of New Orleans) borrowed one of Barksdale's A-10's; I believe the tail number was 78-0582. So, an option exists to build a green Barksdale Hog with lots of ordnance options. Hope this helps.
  4. Grounded in history -- nice work, Baltimore!
  5. Nope, it''s the standard two-tone gray. The darker gray false canopy is visible on the bottom.
  6. Morning, The reason for carrying two? As Dave said, the Hogs use both IR (D & G) and EO (H & K) variants of the AGM-65 (the B-model EO's are effectively out of the inventory now). Having both on a training mission allows the pilot to train using both. Balance isn't an issue, and you'll often see a Hog carrying just one training Maverick. There's also the CATM-65L, but there are so few in the inventory that seeing one on a Hog is pretty uncommon. - Tom
  7. I don't want to derail this thread, but just want to clear up the A vs A+ config. So the A+ mod was, as Jake said, initiated and fielded by the Guard and Reserve. It was a simple modification that, from the modeling perspective, removed the TVM (green screen on the right side of the instrument panel) and replaced it with what was called the "Smart MFCD." Additionally, a different stick grip was installed; I think there was a small mod to a panel near the throttles that allowed the pilot to plug in the USB with the mission data for the Smart MFCD. Can't remember if the throttle quadrant was
  8. If I remember right, the Hobbyboss kit gives you an A-10A with the LASTE mods and EGI, so with no modifications you're looking at roughly 2002-2010. So options include Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan); a 2003 OIF Hog would open up lots of robust ordnance options. With very little work, namely removing the EGI antenna on the spine, Allied Force would be in play (Guard 131st EFS or 81st FS). Let us know what you decide and we can help with accurate loadouts. - Tom
  9. Guard Hog

    F-16 ADF

    No thanks... not sure I could pull the trigger against an old bird that served her country so well.
  10. Guard Hog

    F-16 ADF

    It's beyond the scope of what you're asking about, but I find it interesting that the Italian Air Force flew F-16ADF's on hundreds of combat missions in Libya 2011. I read an article about them a while back; they were dedicated air-to-air and and loaded with, I think, 4 x AIM-120 and 2 x AIM-9. I love seeing old fighters get new life, especially Guard birds.
  11. These links might help. Looks like the LAU-131A/A is about a foot longer than the baseline LAU-131. I can't speak to the LAU-68 vs LAU-131. https://www.arnolddefense.com/product/lau-131-a/ https://www.arnolddefense.com/product/lau-131-a-2/ The AGR-20 (APKWS) takes a standard 2.75" HE rocket but inserts the sensors/guidance/fins section between the warhead and the rocket motor, making it longer than that standard HE rocket. If it were loaded in a standard LAU-131 -- too short for the now longer rocket -- that guidance section would be exposed outside the pod and
  12. And in that pic, Stations 4 & 5 would have had GBU-38v1's with nose plugs. The rockets on station 2 are specifically AGR-20 laser-guided rockets; the tube is a slightly longer-than-standard LAU-131 and the rocket warheads extend beyond the front face of the pod. The Hogs got filthy over there... I can assure you that happy Piggy wasn't an exception!
  13. It's actually a weight issue, so the LAU-88's can be loaded with the shaped charge 125lb warhead variants (A/B/D/H); the blast/frag 300lb warheads (G/K/L) are too heavy/out of balance. Craig, 691 was one of yours before she was transferred to Idaho, right? I found this pic a while back, taken at Fort Drum in the mid-90's... thought you might like it. The Mk20's must have been one of those once-in-a-lifetime munitions allocations Easter eggs. Turning iron at the FOL... the glory days of the Guard Hog Community!! - Tom
  14. Afternoon, Lots of good info passed here. If you go with a Desert Storm Hog, three weapons loaded on a TER is feasible and realistic; you'll just want to check the references closely to match it up with the right squadron and correctly complement those TERs with what's hanging on the other pylons. What I'm getting at there is that if TERs are loaded on 4 & 8, you're not going to see weapons on 5/7 (not approved technicality-wise and it avoids those unrealistic gorilla loadouts Quixote74 mentioned). I've seen pics of Desert Storm Piggies carrying TERs loaded with
  15. Great picture! The Guard taking care of business...
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