American Air Force on January 21 performed a massive elephant stroll at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, launching ten A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the more affectionate A-10 Warthogs, in a row. An ‘Elephant Walk’ is a basic training aspect when getting ready for world strike missions.
This training refers back to the close formation of army planes before takeoff.
The Elephant Walk shows off the 127th Wing’s motto, “We Stand Prepared,” and displays the Wing’s readiness and ability to generate battle airpower at a second’s notice, in line with a recent service news release.
The maneuver pictured is known as “elephant walk” due to the shut formation of the military plane while taxiing before takeoff.
The term stemmed in World War II when allied bomber operations consisted of 1,000 planes, and their attacks had been carried out in a single file, nose-to-fail fashion that followed elephants traveling to the watering hole.
As to plane, the A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low airspeeds and altitude and is a highly precise and survivable weapons-delivery platform.
The plane can hover near battle areas for extended durations of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions.
The wide fight radius and short takeoff and landing functionality allow operations in and out of areas near entrance lines.
Utilizing night vision goggles, A-10 pilots can carry out their missions in lowlight.