Girl Power Starts With A Big $(&@#ing Gun
This Wednesday evening at the National Air and Space Museum (tix are free):
Capt. Kim Campbell, USAF, offers a first hand account of recent air operations conducted by the U.S. Air Force’s 23rd Fighter Group while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom…
While flying a mission over Baghdad on April 7, 2003, her A-10 was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, rolled left, and pointed toward the ground. The A-10 sustained damage to one engine and to the redundant hydraulic systems, disabling the flight controls, landing gear and brakes, and horizontal stabilizer. However, Captain Campbell found that the manual flight controls still worked and she was able to fly her crippled A-10 back to base, 100 miles away. On the ground, an inspection of the aircraft revealed hundreds of holes in the airframe and that large sections of the stabilizer and hydraulic controls were missing.
The full story of Capt. Campbell’s rough day in Iraq is a tribute both to her skill as a pilot and to the durability of the A-10. I hope whoever decided that the regular Air Force didn’t need A-10s anymore (only the National Guard and Reserves still fly them) got a swift kick in the brass for that dumb decision.