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    A-10 ‘Attack’

    A-10 ‘Attack’

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Joseph Pick | U.S. Air Force Capt. Alex Boules is an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot with the 354th...... read more read more

    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    11.21.2019

    Story by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Rosine 

    United States Air Forces Central     

    Fighter aircraft at the Dubai Airshow 2019 attract a lot of attention. Tens of thousands of visitors pose for selfies and group photos next to some of the most recognizable aircraft in the world.

    One of the most popular fan favorites at the show is the tough, no-nonsense A-10 Thunderbolt II. The A-10 has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude. It is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. It employs a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, laser guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions or JDAM, wind corrected munitions dispenser or WCMD, and of course the highly recognizable, GAU-8/A 30mm cannon -- capable of firing 3,900 rounds per minute to defeat a wide variety of targets including tanks.

    “The gun is my favorite,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Alex Boules, an A-10 pilot at the Dubai airshow. “Squeezing the trigger is an incredibly unique feeling. It’s like driving over speed bumps. There’s nothing like it – like Chewbacca with chainsaws.”

    That is only one of the many things the 26-year-old pilot with the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, likes to tell visitors during the Dubai Airshow 2019.

    Although his favorite part of being at the show is being among his fellow warriors – coalition partners – who know how to deter and defend.

    “I think the best part of being here in Dubai, it that it is very cool to show our strong coalition support,” said Boules who has more than 500 combat hours. “They definitely appreciate having us here, so we can talk and show what we have to offer. And, we appreciate having the chance to be here.”

    The Dubai Airshow 2019 is the largest aerial tradeshow in the world, and allows U.S. forces to demonstrate the unique capabilities it provides throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

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    Date Taken: 11.21.2019
    Date Posted: 11.21.2019 05:05
    Story ID: 352746
    Location: DUBAI, AE 

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