U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthogs perform unimproved surface landings in Nevada

It is a phenomenal capability for a fixed wing attack jet to have. And, obviously, A-10 Warthog has it.

Few weeks ago we published an interesting image showing an A-10C assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard landing on an unimproved dirt runway at Mud Lake on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Since then we have collected some more photographs taken on Nov. 29, 2011 during day and night training through the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.


According to the airmen who sent them, the MD ANG typically trains their more experienced instructors on unimproved surface landings.

Daylight taxi

NVGs (Night Vision Goggles) are used for night operations on dirty runways.


In spite of critics, the U.S. Air Force has plans to retire the A-10 and to replace it with the F-35.

NVG taxi

Image credit: MD ANG/U.S. Air Force


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.