US Air Force completes installing new wings on A-10 jets

The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team performs a flyover during the Master Sgt. John A. Chapman Medal of Honor Celebration aerial demonstration at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 26, 2018.

The U.S. Air Force has completed installing new wings on 173 A-10 attack jets to lengthen the service lives of the decades-old jets whose main mission is close support of ground forces.

The Standard-Examiner reported that Ogden Air Logistics Complex personnel at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah swapped out the wings on 162 A-10s, with the remainder installed at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

The rewinging project to replace wings that outlived their lifespans started in 2011 and included using A-10 parts provided by an aircraft storage facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

A-10s started entering operational service in the late 1970s.