A-10 Slated for Weather Duty

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments by

Oklahoma’s Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is playing host to a very special aircraft. Right now it’s a fighter jet, but it’s being modified to do something very different. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fighter jet currently used in places like Afghanistan and Kuwait. However, the one sitting in Guthrie is training to be a storm chaser.

“It’s not built for speed, said A-10 Aircraft Program Manager and Crew Chief Vince Schneider. “It was built to loiter and stay over top of the battle field to protect the army.” The A-10 Schneider is working on is retired from active duty, but is getting a new life as a storm penetrating aircraft. The jet will hunt down tornadoes and hurricanes, capturing crucial information.

“The mission of this aircraft is to get close to the storm,” said Schneider.

For video and the complete story by Christine VanTimmeren of KOKH-TV, click here.

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