Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 28 - July 4

United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog" Demo Team (June 30, July 1, July 3, July 4)

United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II The famous A-10 Thunderbolt II will be returning to Battle Creek in 2018. A-10s are well known to those in the Battle Creek area as they were previously stationed at the 110th Fighter Wing (now the 110th Attack Wing) right here at W.K. Kellogg Airport from 1991 to 2009.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the "Warthog", is an aircraft that was designed by Fairchild Republic for a close-air support role. The aircraft, originally designed to improve on the performance of the A-1 Skyraider, was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary gatling gun that protrudes from the nose of the aircraft. The pilot essentially sits in what is known as a "titanium bathtub", made with 1200 pounds of titanium armor. This protects the cockpit and aircraft systems, which essentially means the A-10 was designed to absorb significant amounts of damage yet still continue to fly. One such story has a connection to Battle Creek. While serving in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Major Gary Wolfe was piloting an A-10 from the 110th in Battle Creek when Major Gary Wolfe's aircraft was struck by an enemy surface-to-air missile. The missile impacted one of the engines. Major Wolfe was able to get the aircraft back to Talil Air Base, a testament of how great these aircraft were designed. This moment is still remembered in the halls of the 110th with memorabilia, and the outer cowling of the engine that was struck can be seen at the AIR ZOO just down I-94 in Kalamazoo/Portage.
The aircraft is given the nickname of "Warthog" because it has no problem "getting down and dirty". The aircraft provides close air support of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks and providing extremely quick and efficient support against ground forces of the enemy. Being able to fly low, with the durability of the aircraft and its support close to the action, it definitely lives up to its name. In addition, with its quiet turbofan engines that provide a whistling noise, the A-10 can sneak up to targets.
The A-10 coming to Battle Creek hails from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and will be flown by Captain Cody Wilton. During the display of its full aerobatic tactical demonstration (which hasn't been performed at air shows since 2011), you'll see the aircraft's attack capabilities, combat maneuvers, as well as slow & high speed flight characteristics. Don't miss your chance to see this modern day military display of firepower at the 2018 Field of Flight June 30 - July 1 as well as July 3 - 4