Wing Replacement Program Extends The Life Of The Aircraft
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated the rollout of the
first re-winged A-10 Thunderbolt II in a ceremony held on Wednesday
at Hill Air Force Base. Boeing is under contract with the Air Force
to deliver 233 wing sets through 2018.
“This enhanced wing assembly will give the A-10 new
strength and a new foundation for its continued service into
2040,” said Mark Bass, Maintenance, Modifications &
Upgrades vice president and general manager for Boeing Defense,
Space & Security. “Boeing remains a committed partner in
ensuring the A-10 continues to be a ready, reliable and viable
weapon system for the U.S. Air Force.”
The A-10 wing replacement program is an example of
Boeing’s continued expansion into non-Boeing platform work.
The wing sets are produced at the company’s production
facility in Macon, Ga., with partner Korean Aerospace Industries.
They are delivered to the Air Force customer at the Ogden Air
Boeing delivered the first A-10 wing set to the Air Force in
March 2011. After mating to the aircraft and validation and
verification of the wing, Air Force pilots flew the aircraft on its
first flight in November.