A-10 Thunderbolts Fly in for Air ShowPosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash.- The hydros aren't the only part of this weekend's Water Follies, the air show is one of the most spectacular things you'll ever see.
The U.S. Air Force crew spends their time flying about 35 shows a year and with only one man in the air, it takes a crew of about 10 airmen to get the show in the air.
Major Brian Willits pilots the A-10. Willits will fly a 12-minute demonstration show above the Columbia River this weekend.
"Simulated bombing and strafe runs, tight turns, just showing how maneuverable the A-10 is," he said.
While Willits is in the air, Captain Russell Campbell is on the ground. Campbell is a pilot himself, but this weekend, he'll make sure Willits' moves are spot on.
"Back him up with the numbers when he does an over the top maneuver he has enough airspeed to be able to pull out of it," he said.
The incredibly maneuverable aircraft aren't built for show though.
Aptly named the tank killer, the A-10 thunderbolt carries a 30-millimeter gun on the nose capable of firing 70-rounds a second.
"Quite a, quite a destroyer of tanks," said Technical Sergeant Brad Rasmussen.
You won't see any of that this weekend, but you should see pretty much everything else, and the crew tells KNDU because of the river and the weather, this is one of their favorite shows each year.