In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade remaining A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration with modern avionics for use of precision weaponry. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10’s service life may be extended to 2028. Proudly capture your time with this squadron with a 18 inch wooden P-3 Orion of the VP-47 “The Golden Swordsmen”. During fiscal year 1996, the 122d FW was involved in a critical series of rigorous exercises designed to determine our operational readiness in mobility and war fighting capabilities.
“The Blacksnakes are proud of the name’s historical significance and connection it gives us to our local community and hometown of Fort Wayne,” said Hopper. The Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing conceptualized the A-10 design in order to commemorate 100 years of aviation in the Indiana National Guard. I’m painting a model Warthog Black Snake and I want to get it perfectly down. I noticed there are no photo shots of the under belly of the beautiful plane.
During the Second World War this unit was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations and the Croix de Guerre. Although the Air National Guard was not officially established as a separate service until after World War II in 1946, some ANG units like the 122nd can trace their beginnings to the interwar period. This website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks.
Our prints are the finest Giclee quality using pigment-based ink and 308 GSM Cotton Photo Rag paper and the detail and accuracy are second to none. The Air National Guard’s state mission under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. In mid-1996, the Air Force, in response to budget cuts, and changing world situations, began experimenting with Air Expeditionary fasties organizations. The Air Expeditionary Force concept was developed that would mix Active-Duty, Reserve and Air National Guard elements into a combined force. The F-4C Phantom II aircraft arrived on 18 November 1979, and the Tail Code “FW” was adopted by the 122d TFW. The unit flew this new aircraft to Balikesir Air Base, Turkey in 1983 for exercise “Coronet Crown,” and once again in 1986 for exercise “Coronet Cheroke”.
In 2008, after having flown for 17 years with the block 25 aircraft, these F-16s were nearing the end of their planned operational lifespans. The aircraft the 122nd received were only somewhat newer; Block 30 F-16C/Ds, manufactured between 1987 and 1989. These models were provided by the Michigan Air National Guard 107th Fighter Squadron, which was then transitioning to the A-10 Thunderbolt II at the time. With the upgrade to the Block 30 aircraft, the tail code of the 163rd was changed from “FW” to “IN” in 2009 when the 181st Fighter Wing at Hulman Field became a non-flying unit. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II from the Indiana Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing recently rolled out from a repaint at the Air National Guard Paint Facility in Sioux City, Iowa. In a departure from the standard tactical two-tone grey livery, the Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing conceived a sleek commemorative design to celebrate 100 years of aviation in the Indiana National Guard.
There are several actions that could trigger this block including submitting a certain word or phrase, a SQL command or malformed data. We are delighted to have several of our hometown A-10 Thunderbolts that will be flying at the show. The 122nd Fighter Wing, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II out of the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne. Known as the “Black Snakes”, Fort Wayne’s A-10’s will proudly display our local Air National Guard aircraft assets. Estimated delivery dates – opens in a new window or tab include seller’s handling time, origin ZIP Code, destination ZIP Code and time of acceptance and will depend on shipping service selected and receipt of cleared payment.
The squadron received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions between 24 December 1944 and 2 January 1945, when it supported Seventh Army attacking railroads and rolling stock, other vehicles and enemy artillery formations. It also destroyed numerous Luftwaffe fighters while defending against Operation Bodenplatte, an attack concentrating on forward Allied air bases in an attempt by the Luftwaffe to attain air superiority in the area of the Battle of the Bulge. In March, the squadron attacked German forces attempting to withdraw across the Rhine River, destroying motor transport and hampering the withdrawal efforts, earning a second Distinguished Unit Citation.