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Open day will show off newly restored A-10 ‘Tankbuster’ at Bentwaters

PUBLISHED: 13:14 12 September 2017

Former members of the 81st TFW pose in front of Bentwaters Cold War Museum's newest exhibit, the newly restored A-10 Thunderbolt II. Picture: SIMON PARKER/BCWM

Former members of the 81st TFW pose in front of Bentwaters Cold War Museum's newest exhibit, the newly restored A-10 Thunderbolt II. Picture: SIMON PARKER/BCWM

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A large group of former USAF personnel returned to their old air base to see the completed restoration of one of its iconic planes.

Bentwaters Cold War Museum's newest exhibit, the newly restored A-10 Thunderbolt II, which goes on public display on September 17. Picture: SIMON PARKER/BCWMBentwaters Cold War Museum's newest exhibit, the newly restored A-10 Thunderbolt II, which goes on public display on September 17. Picture: SIMON PARKER/BCWM

The group, who had all been assigned to the 81st Fighter Wing at Bentwaters and Woodbridge over the years, saw the A-10 ‘Tankbuster’, now resplendent in the 509th TFS markings it wore when based at Bentwaters.

The personnel who attended came from far and wide – some making the journey from the USA – and included crew chiefs, pilots, and the last Wing Commander, Maj Gen Roger Radcliff USAF (ret), who flew the last A-10 out of Bentwaters on March 23, 1993.

To celebrate the Bentwaters Cold War Museum’s 10th anniversary, a special open day takes place on September 17 from 10am to 4pm, when the public will be able to see the A-10 for the first time.

Other attractions will include military vehicles, classic American and British cars, guided tours of the Control Tower, and re-enactors.

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