Gulf War Battle Damage

A-10 79-0181 (Destroyed)

Wheels up, hard stick landing after being hit by a SAM.  Everyone said it couldn't be done, including the Flight Manual's and Tech Orders... pilot Capt Rich Biley proved'm wrong on 22 Feb 1991!  He brought 79-0181 in at King Khalid Military City (KKMC) FOL where the CLSS team stripped it of parts, some send to KFIA MOB for use on other birds, and then buried it in the desert. Capt Biley was unhurt during the crash.  We later worked together later in 1995 at Osan AB, Korea where he was assigned to the 25th FS and I was the Superintendent of the 51st FW Maintenance Operations Center.