It’s rare to see an A-10 with a commemorative “non standard” paint job, so when the 185th Fighter Wing recently rolled an A-10C Thunderbolt II out of an Air National Guard Paint Facility in Sioux City, Iowa on August 3, it caught people’s attention immediately.
The bird is assigned to the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, and its new paint job commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Red Devils of the 107th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 127th.
They are one of the oldest flying units in the U.S. Air Force, first organized as the 107th Aero Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas, in August 1917 in response to the U.S. entry into World War I.
Its painted after the F-6A (P-51A), which the 107th flew over Normandy in WWII. Avgeeks might recall some of the original P-47 Thunderbolts had the same scheme as well.
The public will have a chance to see the A-10 at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House and Airshow, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20.
Not only will it be on static display, but 127th PAO has confirmed it will participate in the show’s Heritage Flight demo as well.