PACAF maintainers keep A-10 airborne
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Rister, an avionics technician deployed from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, unscrews a panel on an A-10C Thunderbolt II after the aircraft completed a mission flying in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. The aircraft can be serviced and operated from bases with varied facilities, additionally; many of its parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers. These unique aspects of the aircraft allow the aircrew and maintainers to deploy with minimal equipment and still ensure the jets are ready to fly missions out of Clark AB at a moment’s notice, exercising the rights of freedom of navigation in international waters and international airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington)