Bombing and Strafing at the Goldwater Range
April 12, 2011



The Goldwater Ranges, south of Gila Bend, are used for bombing and gunnery training for military aircraft based around Arizona. Frequent visitors include General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons from Luke Air Foirce Base and Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. These pictures were taken on Range 2 on Tuesday, April 12.

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Singapore Air Force General Dynamics F-16CJ 97-0113 Fighting Falcon, 425th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Singapore Air Force General Dynamics F-16CJ 97-0113 Fighting Falcon (Viper) of the 425th Fighter Squadron Black Widows based at Luke Air Force Base on a strafing run.

Strafing target, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Dust rises from the ground strikes of the 20mm shells from the F-16CJs M61 A1 Vulcan gatling cannon.

Singapore Air Force General Dynamics F-16DJ 96-5035 Fighting Falcon, 425th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Singapore Air Force General Dynamics F-16DJ 96-5035 Fighting Falcon of the 425th Fighter Squadron Black Widows on a strafing run.

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Strafing target, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Dust rises from strikes around the strafing target about 2,000 feet from the range tower.

Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II (Warthog) of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base passes by the Moon on a long range strafing run.

Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs fires its 30mm GAU-8 gatling cannon on a long range strafing run.

Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 81-0939, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 81-0939 of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs fires its GAU-8 gatling cannon. It is carrying a pair of AGM-65 Maverick guided missiles, one infra-red guided and one television guided. 25-pound BDU-33 training bombs can be seen on the inboard pylons. They carry a small smoke charge to aid in determining the location of the impact.

Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663 of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs.

Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663 of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs fires its GAU-8 gatling cannon. It is also equipped with Mavericks and BDU-33s.

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Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663 of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs pulls up from a strafing run.

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Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663, 354th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic OA-10A Thunderbolt II 82-0663 of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs pulls up from a strafing run.

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Smoke charge of a BDU-33, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 The smoke charge of a BDU-33 marks the location of a bomb impact a little over a mile from the range tower.

Ground strikes of 30mm shells, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Dust rises from the ground strikes of 30mm shells from the A-10s GAU-8 gatling cannon.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fires its GAU-8 gatling cannon. It is carrying a pair of infra-red guided AGM-65 Maverick guided missiles. 25-pound BDU-33 training bombs can be seen on the inboard pylons.

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Strafing target, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 30mm shells strike near the strafing target.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons fires its GAU-8 gatling cannon.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons.

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Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons.

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Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146, 357th Fighter Squadron, Goldwater Range, April 12, 2011 Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0146 of the 357th Fighter Squadron Dragons.



More Goldwater Range Displays

Goldwater Range The Goldwater Ranges, south of Gila Bend, are used for bombing and gunnery training for military aircraft based around Arizona. Frequent visitors include General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons from Luke Air Foirce Base and Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.


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