Boeing announced Monday that it has started work on the first A-10 replacement wing set at its production facility in Macon, Ga. USAF has contracted for some 242 wing sets to replace the wings on so-called thin-skinned A-10 Warthogs. Boeing expects to deliver the first wing set in September, working up to 50 wing sets per year through 2018. Meanwhile, as an interim fix to ensure safety of flight with the thin-skinned A-10s, Air Force technicians are adding steel straps and stronger fittings to some of the aircraft. Boeing executive Dennis Mullenburg called news of the start of the first wing-set assembly “a phenomenal accomplishment for this Boeing Macon team.” Boeing will deliver the sets in four parts—three wing sections and an installation kit—to Hill AFB, Utah, where Ogden Air Logistics Center technicians will install the wings.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.