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Airmen scrap Moody's last A-10A

Tech. Sgt. Richard Paulk 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman uses a forklift to lower the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This was Moody’s last A-10A which was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Md., and was officially completed on Nov. 3, 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Tech. Sgt. Richard Paulk 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman uses a forklift to lower the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This was Moody’s last A-10A which was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Md., and was officially completed on Nov. 3, 1981. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Staff Sgt. Christopher McMinn, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman, removes extra wiring from an A-10A Thunderbolt II, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10A is the predecessor to the A-10C model that is currently being used here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Staff Sgt. Christopher McMinn, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation craftsman, removes extra wiring from an A-10A Thunderbolt II, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10A is the predecessor to the A-10C model that is currently being used here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Breining, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation NCO in charge directs a forklift lowering the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but few remained as static displays, training aircraft and spare parts for the upgraded aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Breining, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation NCO in charge directs a forklift lowering the fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but few remained as static displays, training aircraft and spare parts for the upgraded aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

The fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II sits on a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This A-10A was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona before it was brought to Moody in 2011 and used as a training aircraft. During its lifetime this A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

The fuselage of an A-10A Thunderbolt II sits on a flatbed truck, Dec. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This A-10A was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona before it was brought to Moody in 2011 and used as a training aircraft. During its lifetime this A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Moody demolished its last remaining A-10A Thunderbolt II, the predecessor to the current A-10C model, on Dec. 1, here.

The demolished aircraft was manufactured in 1980 in Baltimore, Md., and was officially completed on Nov. 3, 1981 before it was assigned to Air Force bases in South Carolina, the United Kingdom and Arizona. It was then brought to Moody in 2011 to be used as a training aircraft.

A lot of A-10As received upgrades in technology that converted them to A-10Cs, but a few remained as static displays, training aircraft and some parts were sued for spare parts.

“There was a new avionics package that the Air Force bought to help the A-10 fly better with newer screens, more precision when firing the gun and dropping munitions, and made laser guided technology easier to use,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Carroll, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron A-10 maintenance instructor. “Every jet that’s flying [here] right now was an A-10A at one point, but this aircraft had something wrong internally so it went to training status.”

During it’s time in training status, Airmen practiced loading and unloading weapons, calibrating hydraulic systems and used the aircraft in weapons load competitions. The aircraft also had parts removed from it and put on other aircraft including the windshield, an engine, part of a wing, its gun and other critical components.

“The aircraft had so many parts removed from it that taking the time to put it back together would’ve cost much more money than to scrap it because it was in such bad shape,” said Master Sgt. Nicole Guy, 23d Maintenance Group maintenance training section chief.

Once it became clear the aircraft couldn’t be used for any more training, leadership filed the appropriate paperwork to have the aircraft broken down and sent to the scrapyard.

During its lifetime this particular A-10A accrued 10,812.1 flying hours and fired 162,145 rounds from its gun.