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It’s the US Air Force’s 72nd birthday — here are 33 photos of it doing what it does best

With 72 years of experience, the aircraft and airmen of US Air Force can be found all over the world, doing all sorts of things.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II fires off a flare while banking into a high-angle firing position during a training exercise.

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt accidentally fired off a rocket over Arizona

It happened again. This is the second time this year an A-10 has unintentionally released munitions in an area where it shouldn't have.
A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge, Michigan, practices landing on a un-operational, austere runway in Haapsalu, Estonia, during Saber Strike 18, June 7, 2018.

Air Force A-10 Warthogs are back in the Baltics, practicing for rough landings close to the Russian border

In 2016, US Air Force A-10s practiced landing on highways in Estonia for the first time since 1984. This month, the A-10s are back in the Baltics, practicing their ability to land and take off in rough environments.
A-10 Warthog over Afghanistan.

We asked an A-10 pilot in Afghanistan what it’s like to shoot the 30mm GAU 8 Gatling gun

When asked what it's like to shoot the 30mm gun, McGraw said, "I wish I had better terms for it — but it's amazing."
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot flies over Afghanistan after completing aerial refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker on March 12, 2018.

An A-10 pilot in Afghanistan told us how the Warthog ‘scares the enemy into submission’

The A-10 pilot, who preferred to be called "McGraw," has flown about 300 missions in Afghanistan.
A-10 Warthog over Afghanistan on March 12, 2018.

The Air Force just released a bunch of crazy photos of A-10 Warthogs over Afghanistan

The US sent a squadron of A-10s back into Afghanistan in late January.

Crazy videos show the A-10 Warthog doing what it does best — annihilating its targets

The videos were shot during training exercises and in real-world scenarios.
Staff Sergeant Keith Haas of the US Air Force adjusts equipment on a A-10 Warthog warplane at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul April 17, 2002.

Here’s a rare look at what it’s like for pilots firing the A-10 Warthog’s legendary gun

The U.S. Air National Guard released a video last month that shows what its like to be in the cockpit of a Warthog when firing its autocannon.
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The beloved A-10 Warthog is a sitting duck for the kind of attack that downed a Russian jet in Syria

The downing of a Russian Su-25 on Saturday highlights the dangers facing American A-10s in Syria and Afghanistan.