Seven A-10 Warthogs arrived at Barksdale AFB, La., on Tuesday as part of Air Force Reserve Command’s plan to advance the move of A-10s from New Orleans to their new home with the 917th Wing at Barksdale, near Shreveport. The Shreveport Times reports that pilots traded in their old patches for the “Terrible Termite” patches of the 47th Fighter Squadron upon arrival. (The New Orleans A-10 airmen had only returned to their old home port in December after weathering Hurricane Katrina at Barksdale.) The move— part of BRAC 2005—permanently assigns nine A-10s and more than 60 personnel to Barksdale.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.