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Red Devils get Warthogs

Selfridge National Guard’s 127th Wing has replaced its F-16 Fighting Falcons after 20 years of service with the A-10 Thunderbolts, more commonly known as ‘Warthogs’. A formal ceremony held on May 2, was the official transition day from the F-16, and was also the first opportunity for 1Z7th Wing members to get their first look at an A-10 bearing the markings of the ‘Red Devils’ of the 107th Fighter Squadron (FS), which is a component of the 1Z7th Wing. Lt Col Doug Champange, the Commanding Officer of the 107th FS said, “pilot and maintenance personnel have been working long hours at Selfridge and at other air bases around the country preparing for this transition. There’s a lot to learn and I really have to tip my hat to the maintenance crews for getting these aircraft received and ready for us.” Although the A-10 is new to Selfridge and the surrounding Detroit region, it is not new to the state. The Michigan Air National Guard’s 110th Fighter Wing, which had been based in Battle Creek, has been flying A-10s since 1991. The A-10s were shifted to Selfridge as part of a Defense Department ‘base and facilities realignment plan. Many of the same aircraft that were flown by the 110th, as well as many of the pilots and some ground crew personnel, are now assigned to Selfridge and transferred to the 127th from the 110th.

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