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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) – The setting sun silhouettes an A-10 Thunderbolt II after a combat mission. Since Sept. 15, A-10s here have flown more than 1,700 combat sorties, totaling more than 6,000 combat hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The A-10 was the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close-air support of ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. David L. Stuppy)

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