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188th Fighter Wing flies its final manned night mission with the A-10 Warthog

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    The end of an era as the 188th FW flew last night mission with the “Hogâ€￾.

    On Dec. 30, 2013, Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, Ark. flew one of its last four-ship training missions with the A-10C Thunderbolt (“Warthogâ€￾) before transitioning to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance task with the Reaper drone.

    Even if the unit is planned to complete its 60-year history with military aircraft at Ebbing ANGB in June 2014, on Jan. 29, the 188th FW has already logged its final night training mission with the Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft.

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Patrick Coggin, flying tail number 188, and Lt. Col. Toby Brallier, flying tail number 216, conducted the final night-flying mission for the 188th FW in the A-10Cs; a training mission that brought the two pilots near Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, before returning to the 188th’s Detachment 1 Razorback Range at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Arkansas, to log some additional close-air support training hours.

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    The flight, which marked the last manned night-flying mission in the 188th FW history, was just the last one in a series of historical events at the wing since it began a mission conversion last year.

    The sortie will be the last manned night-flying mission in 188th FW history. The wing is transitioning from an attack platform for CAS missions to an unmanned aerial system, the MQ-9 Reaper, for strike, coordination, and reconnaissance tasks.

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