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Posted on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 5:03 p.m.

A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft fly low over Ann Arbor on Friday afternoon

By Cindy Heflin


A-10 Thunderbolt.

Air Force photo

That roar you heard in the sky about 2 p.m. today was emanating from two A10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft flying over the Ann Arbor area on their way back to Selfridge Air National Guard base.

The aircraft, part of the 127 Fighter Squadron based at Selfridge, near Mount Clemens, were on their way back from a training mission in Ohio, said Penny Carroll, public affairs officer for Selfridge.

The planes tend to fly low and slower than some other military aircraft, making them particularly noticeable to civilians, Carroll said.

Military aircraft will also be in the sky in the Metro Detroit area this weekend as part of the hydroplane races taking place there, Carroll said. Those are F/A-18 fighter jets.



Sun, Jul 10, 2011 : 3:03 a.m.

I just thought it was Bob Lutz again in his MIG fighter trying to take my shingles off.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 10:26 p.m.

Looks more like a Puma to Me...

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 2:24 p.m.

There is a large plane that flies over the Dexter area in the early morning hours, very low and loud. One night I looked out and could see the cabin lights it was so low. Shakes the house. Must be some kind of cargo plane with it's size. I too love the big old planes. My favorites, growing up were the Lockeed Lightenings, very avant garde - looking for those days.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Too busy worrying about goldfish.

Adam Betz

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 10:21 a.m.

Wait....No complaints by anti-war Annarborites? Whoa!


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 5:05 a.m.

Pilot was looking for the Mayor.

Becky Williams Hall

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 4:48 a.m.

I missed the Thunderbolts, but what were those 4 planes I saw flying in formation near Packard and Carpenter last week?


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 3:48 a.m.

nice plane!! I wish I could have saw it.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 3:44 a.m.

They have flown at around 3000 feet over my house every saturday since late spring, why so late with the news ? More toward the Saline/Milan area so perhaps they have missed A2 ?

dave dykhouse

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 1:38 a.m.

the reason they fly low, slow and loud is they're grossly over-armored and hence relatively under-powered. thereby, they are also susceptible to shoulder launched heat-seeking missiles, an uncommon event in vietnam when they were developed for close air support . however, if you want to reduce a football-sized area of personnel or materiel to vegamite in a few seconds, this is your baby. meanwhile, they are best deployed at bases like selfridge where they can vigilantly protect us from canadian intruders, or venture out to air-shows / p.r. flybys with little risk of adverse outcomes from militant buckeyes. now, about the VTOLs...........


Mon, Jul 11, 2011 : 1:55 a.m.

When you say VTOL, are you referring perhaps to that paragon of cost-effective, clearly - conceived aircraft design, the Bell / Boeing V-22 Osprey? If you fly in one, I salute your courage, at least, if not your risk management expertise. The V-22 is one of the few things Dick Cheney and I agree on. And just to clarify a bit, the reason the A-10 flies low and slow is that it was designed to, because it was designed, after the 1970 RFP, to be a cold war tank buster in the Fulda gap. Its armor and gun derive from that requirement. That it's also a good COIN plane is almost beside the point.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 3:14 p.m.

Spoken like a true Couch Army Solider. Now drop and lift those potato chips off the floor.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 3:49 a.m.

Quieter than an F-16 because they don't have "afterburners" and are at top speed very subsonic. They can turn on a dime and have excellent defenses against any pieces of crap shoulder launched garbage thrown at them. They are not at all over-armored as dave dykhouse states, they were designed that way as tank killers and bunker busters and are able to withstand massive hits from ground fire that would otherwise bring a lesser craft down.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 2:37 a.m.

It's not like these hogs are going to stay at Selfridge. They get used oversea's, their just housed and trained in MI. And they are much more quiet than the F-16 and other fighter jets.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 2:33 a.m.

Maybe you could put a good word in for my friend's daughter who has spent 5 years of her life between Iraq and Afghanistan flying an A-10 in combat sorties. Im sure she would more than love to patrol the Canadian border for awhile.

dave dykhouse

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 2:05 a.m.

correction: " sized area...."


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 1:27 a.m.

Oh, you were right, you were talking about the squadron, sorry Don't listen to a grunt like me, lol.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 1:24 a.m.

Oh, also we are the 127th AA News, NOT the 107th.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 1:28 a.m.

127th Wing, sorry we do have a 107th squadron.


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 1:21 a.m.

I like these planes too but if you work munitions at Selfridge they are a lot more work than the F-16's we used to have. Especially processing the 30mm compared to the 20mm. I know the ground troops love these things though.


Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 11:52 p.m.

I believe they also did a flyover at the Fourth of July parade on Monday. I seen 'em.


Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

A10s rock! And I keep missing them! :-( I'll watch a warthog instead of an F18 any day. It's great the way they keep appearing in movies; first Transformers, then Terminator Salvation. Awesome.


Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 11:11 p.m.

They flew right over me. I love those planes...built strictly for business.

Donald Wilson

Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 10:37 p.m.

They flew over Ypsi on their way DOWN to Ohio a few days ago

Will Warner

Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 10:33 p.m.

Sounds like victory.


Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

Thank you for telling us. I was in the house and heard a loud roar and all the pictures started rattling and of course blamed it on the kids down the street and their loud cars. Would have loved to see them fly over!


Sat, Jul 9, 2011 : 3:11 p.m.

Those darn kids, always causing problems. Poor old people, their life is so hard.


Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

These are awesome aircraft with the nickname of "warthog". I also wish we had more flyovers.

vicki honeyman

Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 9:30 p.m.

I love that sound..reminds me of childhood in Detroit, listening to the low-flying planes....and the planes breaking the sound barrier. sounds like summer to me.