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Not wanting to step on Collin's toes regarding his long standing topic of modern USN aircraft pictures showing the stages of weathering while operating I decided to make the same for USAF specific aircraft.

 

We've all seen (hopefully) awesome tanker shots that can allow us to view the damage done by a refueling boom however this recent one really caught my eye.

 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/damage-to-a10-warthog-nose-by-refueling-tanker-flying-boom-2020-2?amp

 

 

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I'll play along.  Since I'm building a Korean War F-51D, figured I'd add these dirty birds:

 

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5 hours ago, Whiskey said:

Not wanting to step on Collin's toes regarding his long standing topic of modern USN aircraft pictures showing the stages of weathering while operating I decided to make the same for USAF specific aircraft.

 

We've all seen (hopefully) awesome tanker shots that can allow us to view the damage done by a refueling boom however this recent one really caught my eye.

 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/damage-to-a10-warthog-nose-by-refueling-tanker-flying-boom-2020-2?amp

 

 

What else can we contribute?

Wow....must be a training bird for the boom operator...looks nasty...

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The Fort Wayne (IN) A-10 at Toledo Air Show in July 2019 was beat up just like the image above. WTF?

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The most eye-catching thing about this pic is the loadout but also noteworthy and more subtle is the uneven wear on the walkways.

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How about the chipping and fuel stains on the mud hen? (My pics)

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Moar chipping...(my pic)

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Edited by picknpluck

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I’ll play this game too

 

Here’s one of me refueling over Afghanistan in late summer of 2011.  Our jets were positively filthy by this point in the deployment!

 

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The nose cap gets beat up all the time, we had to look for cracks in them and we would have sheet metal change them out in phase. I want to say it was stainless but its been almost 9 years since I retired (WOW!)

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12 hours ago, picknpluck said:

Moar chipping...(my pic)

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Looks like the radar warning receiver got smashed!  What a cool picture!  

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1 hour ago, 11bee said:

Looks like the radar warning receiver got smashed!  What a cool picture!  

 

Is that RWR or MAWS?

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5 minutes ago, habu2 said:

 

Is that RWR or MAWS?

I'm not up on my A-10's like many here, thought it was the RWR, since that fixture has been on A-10's almost since day one.   Could very well be mistaken tho...

 

Did the A-10 get fitted with a MAWS?  

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Interesting..... so the Hawg does have a MAWS. Where are the other sensors located or does it just have aft coverage?

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1 hour ago, Whiskey said:

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Looks like the 389 had some jets with names and nose art applied. Hope someone has the refs for these jets and we get another decal sheet.

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For God's sake, if you're quoting a post with a bunch of photos, PLEASE delete those not germane to your comment!  My cable internet connection choked and died on this page.

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