Popular Mechanics: The Air Force Assembled 30 A-10 Warthogs Just to Show That it Can
The "Elephant Walk" in Georgia was a USAF show of force.
The U.S. Air Force just staged an "elephant walk" of A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack jets as a show of force. The May 22 exercise took place at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. In a statement on Facebook, the base stated the exercise "was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing's ability to rapidly deploy combat ready forces across the globe."
The exercise involved 30 A-10 Warthogs of the 23rd "Flying Tigers" Fighter Group, as well as one HH-60G Pave Hawk and two HC-130J Combat King II transports of the 347th and 563rd Rescue Squadrons. The Air Force periodically stages such exercises around the world, including KC-135R tankers earlier this month and F-15 Eagle fighters in Okinawa in April. The phrase "elephant walk" dates back to World War II.
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