Air Force Completes A-10 Competition in Kansas

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Pilots and air crews have completed the biennial Hawgsmoke competition for the Air Force's A-10 fleet.

The event brought together 14 teams from the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. Competition concluded Thursday at the Kansas Air National Guard's Smoky Hill bomb and
gunnery range.

The teams flew missions in 30 aircraft, which is a twin-engine jet that provides close-combat support to ground units. It is known for its capability to destroy enemy armored units with its nose cannon and bombs.

Maj. Mike Wallace of the Kansas National Guard said crews shared aircraft because many planes are deployed overseas or have been
grounded recently for repairs.

Hosting the event was the 442nd Fighter Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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