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When Highway Landings Go Wrong: A-10 Demolishes Road Sign During Exercise In Estonia

Beware of road signs when you land your combat aircraft on a public road!

On Aug. 10, one of the ten A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, performing landing and take off training from an extension of Jägala-Käravete Highway, a portion of the longer road known as Piibe Highway, in Northern Estonia, hit and damaged a road sign at roughly 3.15 PM local time.

Although the Warthog, carrying a dummy AGM-85 Maverick missile and a Litening ATP (Advanced Targeting Pod) did not suffer significant damage (the Thunderbolt II is an extremely sturdy plane, able to survive much more than a few scrapes) and was able to take off again later on, the highway remained closed until the following morning.

The incident is under investigation; based on the photographs it seems that the aircraft (AF 79-0108) may have approached the extension a bit too low and hit (with the right hand wing) the road sign along with a plastic barrier that marks the beginning of the highway section used as runway.

You can find several interesting shots here.

Top composite image made by editing shots by Mihkel Maripuu/Postimees.ee and Ardi Hallismaa/mil.ee


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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