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Airmen demolish Moody's last A-10A

Tech. Sgt. Richard Paulk 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman uses a forklift to lower the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This was Moody’s last A-10A which was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Md., and was officially completed on Nov. 3, 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard Paulk 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman, uses a forklift to lower the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This was Moody’s last A-10A which was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Md., and was officially completed Nov. 3, 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Staff Sgt. Christopher McMinn, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman, removes extra wiring from an A-10A Thunderbolt II, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10A is the predecessor to the A-10C model that is currently being used here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher McMinn, 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman, removes extra wiring from an A-10A Thunderbolt II, Dec. 1, 2016, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10A is the predecessor to the A-10C model that is currently being used at Moody. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Breining, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation NCO in charge directs a forklift lowering the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but few remained as static displays, training aircraft and spare parts for the upgraded aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Breining, 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation NCO in charge, directs a forklift lowering the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but a few remained as static displays, training aircraft and spare parts for the upgraded aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

The fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II sits on a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This A-10A was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona before it was brought to Moody in 2011 and used as a training aircraft. During its lifetime this A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

The fuselage of a U.S. Air Force A-10A Thunderbolt II sits on a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This A-10A was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona before it was brought to Moody in 2011 and used as a training aircraft. During its lifetime this A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Moody demolished its last remaining A-10A Thunderbolt II, the predecessor to the current A-10C model, here Dec. 1.

The demolished aircraft was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was officially completed Nov. 3, 1981, before it was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona. It was then brought to Moody in 2011 to be used as a training aircraft.

A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but a few remained as static displays, training aircraft and some parts were used for spare parts.

“There was a new avionics package the Air Force bought to help the A-10 fly better with newer screens, more precision when firing the gun and dropping munitions, and made laser guided technology easier to use,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Carroll, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 maintenance instructor. “Every jet that’s flying [here] right now was an A-10A at one point, but this aircraft had something wrong internally, so it went to training status.”

During it’s time in training status, Airmen practiced loading and unloading weapons, calibrating hydraulic systems and used the aircraft in weapons load competitions. The aircraft also had parts removed from it and put on other aircraft including the windshield, an engine, part of a wing, its gun and other critical components.

“The aircraft had so many parts removed from it that taking the time to put it back together would’ve cost more money than to scrap it, because it was in such bad shape,” said Master Sgt. Nicole Guy, 23rd Maintenance Group maintenance training section chief.

Once it became clear the aircraft couldn’t be used for any more training, leadership filed the appropriate paperwork to have the aircraft broken down and sent to the scrap yard.

During its lifetime, this particular A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun.