Surge Exercise at Moody Air Force Base involved A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft.
On May 22, aircraft from the 23d Wing, conducted a “surge exercise” at their home base at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, A-10C Thunderbolt II jets and HC-130K Combat King II took part in the exercise whose aim was to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy and launch combat ready forces.
The exercise also featured a typical Elephant Walk carried out by one Pave Hawk, two Combat King II and 30 fully armed A-10C Warthogs. As already explained several times in the past, during Elephant Walk exercises military aircraft taxi in close formation or in sequence right before a minimum interval takeoff and, depending on the purpose of the training event they then either take off or taxi back to the apron.
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I would not want to be on the sharp end of that stick
Protecting the Free World with our allies because no one else is willing or able to do it. A fine display of military power that unlike with Russia, this is meant to assure not intimidate. And that is what sets us apart from them (Iran, North Korea, Russia).
Please, please, _please_ post video of 30 Warthogs performing a “minimal interval takeoff.”
Why spend so much on an air force when we let them fly in on passenger jets, move in and kill people?