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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The dreaded fuel light, either blinking or glowing red indicating low on gas, becomes a constant reminder that a stoppage of the drive, trip or mission is imminent. The A-10 section of the 40th Flight Test Squadron is testing the expansion of the Thunderbolt II's fuel capability to prolong its flight time, remain in the fight and keep that fuel light off a while longer.
In 2012, Air Combat Command requested testing, via the Air Force Seek Eagle Office here, to possibly expand the A-10 carriage limits of its 600-gallon fuel tank with all existing fuel tank configurations such as various weapon loads.
"Currently, the A-10 doesn't carry an external fuel store into combat," said Maj. Olivia Elliott, the test pilot for the expansion. "The present flight limitations on the Sargent Fletcher tank restrict it from being flown in a combat environment."
Originally posted by MystikMushroom
The A-10 is simply one of my favorite airplanes. It looks mean and it IS mean. I remember watching some footage of it in action, and I was highly impressed.
I know I'd feel a lot safer having one of those bad boys circling overhead for close air support if I was being shot at!