Air Force Completes A-10 Re-Winging to Keep Iconic Aircraft Flying for Years to Come

The U.S. Air Force has completed a re-winging effort for 173 A-10 Warthog attack aircraft that began nearly a decade ago.

As part of the $1.1 billion “Enhanced Wing Assembly” contract awarded to Boeing Co. in 2007, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently completed work on the last A-10 slated to receive the upgrade, the service said in a news release Monday. The effort began in 2011.

The new wings will give the A-10s a longer life span. They are expected “to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection,” which should take them well into the 2030s, according to the release.

“From a warfighter point of view, bringing this program to a successful conclusion was a significant accomplishment for the entire enterprise team,” said Stephen Zaiser, 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director at Ogden. Ogden maintainers swapped out wings on 162 aircraft; the rest were completed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, the release states.