Question For Military Pilots

Wm226

New Member
For those of you who have ever flew close air support, do you have direct communications to the ground troops on the ground or are all the messages relayed?

Thank you,
William
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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For those of you who have ever flew close air support, do you have direct communications to the ground troops on the ground or are all the messages relayed?

Thank you,
William

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Comms required.
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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What does "Comms required" mean?

Thank you,
William

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Communication required between forces on ground and CAS aircraft.
 

Wm226

New Member
An Army retiree told me that Special Forces uses satellite telephones for communication nowadays. If you are providing close air support for such a unit, can a link between a satellite telephone and supporting aircraft(s) be established?

Thank You,
William
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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An Army retiree told me that Special Forces uses satellite telephones for communication nowadays. If you are providing close air support for such a unit, can a link between a satellite telephone and supporting aircraft(s) be established?

Thank You,
William

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Not as of yet. Frequencies don't match up with radios. However, that capability could come down the road.
 

Wm226

New Member
MikeD, I am curious and I hope you don't mind me asking... What types of targets have you engaged with your A-10?
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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MikeD, I am curious and I hope you don't mind me asking but... What types of targets have you destroyed with your A-10?

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Been used on soft targets. Troops attacking friendly positions with mortars and small/heavy machine guns.

Hope to not have to do more, but will do what's necessary.
 

Wm226

New Member
I've heard of the A-10 referred to as the: "Thunderbolt", "Thunderbolt 2", and "Warthog". Are those just different variants of the aircraft?
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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I've heard of the A-10 referred to as the: "Thunderbolt", "Thunderbolt 2", and "Warthog". Are those just different variants of the aircraft?

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T-Bolt 2 is the official name of the plane; sometimes only referred to as T-bolt. Warthog is the nickname.
 
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