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A-10 Thunderbolt II Attack Aircraft; Bomb Markings Explained

A-10 Thunderbolt II Attack Aircraft; Bomb Markings Explained

In the tradition of the military aviation, Bomb and Kill Markings are very well known.

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In particular, when an A-10 Thunderbolt II belonging to the 124th Fighter Wing (Idaho ANG), from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, came back on October 24th, 2016 back home from their 6-month tour duty for the support in the “Operation Inherent Resolve”, the aircraft sported many bomb markings.

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These bomb markings were earned by these aircraft in their air war against “Daesh”.

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Two years later, the Warthogs of the “Skullbangers” of the 124th Fighter Wing, which flew from Turkey as part of the 190th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, at Incirlik Air Base, are still decorated with their markings. Now they have released some of the images showing these markings for the world to see.

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One of these photographs provides a clear view of the bomb markings, which are applied to the example of the serial number 78-0624 providing the proper type of weaponry used by the A-10 aircraft in its operations over Syria and Iraq.

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These markings are as follows which have been used in their missions.

  • mix of missiles
  • guided bombs
  • Rockets
  • A-10’s GAU-8 Avenger 30-mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type
  • GBU-12 Paveway LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs)
  • AGM-65 Maverick missiles
  • GBU-38 JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions)
  • GBU-54 laser-guided JDAMs (both based on a Mark-82 500-lb bomb – the -54 differs from the -38 for the distinctive laser seeker)

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