ALPENA COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – Army plane accomplished coaching final week for touchdown on civilian roadways in northern Michigan.
4 A-10s and two C-146 plane primarily based at Selfridge Air Nationwide Guard Base in Macomb County, Davis-Monthan Air Drive Base in Arizona and Duke Subject in Florida landed on M-32 close to Alpena on Aug. 5.
The train marked the primary time A-10 Thunderbolt II plane from the Michigan Nationwide Guard landed on a roadway in America in historical past.
The train was a part of the two-week Northern Strike training happening on 148,000 acres of Camp Grayling and the Alpena Fight Readiness Coaching Heart, together with 17,000 sq. miles between them.
A British parachute regiment participated within the Northern Strike coaching to qualify at excessive readiness for future missions.
Troopers additionally used a gravel pit close to Ontonagon to observe search and rescue methods. The train simulated a pilot ejecting from a crippled plane and touchdown in a distant wilderness space of the Higher Peninsula.
“The truth that we’re actually far out right here, into some fairly distant wilderness, does pose its personal challenges,” mentioned U.S. Air Drive Grasp Sgt. Robert Rogers, survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist with the 122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne. “But it surely additionally affords us the power to actually improve the realism of the coaching.”
This joint providers coaching concerned an Air Drive A-10 Thunderbolt II plane, Military medical evacuation flight crews and a Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. Service members from every navy department discovered how the opposite providers working throughout search and rescue missions.
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