If Hawgs Could Fly!

Over 70 A-10A Thunderbolt lis — better known as ‘Warthogs’ — assembled at Alexandria International Airport, Louisiana, between April 29 and May 2 for Hawgsmoke 2004, the biennial A-10 bombing and tactical gunnery competition. Marco Ferrageau and Come Rodenburg report.

HE CITY of Alexandria, in the middle of the southern state of Louisiana, shares a special bond with America’s military, and with the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The first Warthogs arrived at the nearby England AFB in 1980, where they were flown by the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing ‘Flying Tigers’ and whilst the base was closed on December 15, 1992, under

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