The U.S. Air Force (USAF) conducted its second Elephant Walk within weeks, this time with ten Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II fighters at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, located in Harrison Township, Michigan, said Defense Blog.
Earlier this month, we reported 52 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters conducted an Elephant Walk down a runway at Hill Air Force base in Utah. It was a show of massive force against Iran as the world was on edge for war. Since then, tensions have receded but are still elevated.
Elephant walks are generally conducted right before a minimum interval takeoff (MITO), a technique used by USAF to scramble all jets to take off at twelve- and fifteen-second intervals.
The objective of the exercise is to get all fighters and bombers in the air within fifteen minutes of an alert of an incoming missile attack.
"A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter aircraft flown here by pilots of the 107th Fighter Squadron, perform an, "Elephant Walk," on the runway as they deploy for Snowbird January 21, 2020," according to a press release issued by the 127th Wing Public Affairs.
Defense Blog noted that an Elephant Walk "is a fundamental training element when preparing for global strike missions."
The 127th Wing's motto is "We Stand Ready," as the latest training exercise suggests the A-10s could be preparing for combat in the Middle East.
Earlier this month, Iranian state media tweeted a promotional war video of its defensive missile systems, the same one that shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, going against a wide range of U.S. warplanes.
عاجل : التلفزيون الإيراني بث قبل قليل نشيد الحرب الإيرانية - العراقية في إشارة إلى حالة الحرب التي قد تشهدها المنطقة بعد مقتل سليماني . هذا النشيد ومترجم إلى اللغة العربية. pic.twitter.com/2NnNxYDOKW— محمد مجيد الأحوازي (@MohamadAhwaze) January 6, 2020