Part of M-32 near Alpena in the northwestern part of the state was closed down for the training exercise, which was dubbed “Thunder Landing Zone (LZ).”
“Thunder LZ gave the pilots the opportunity to land in an austere environment that they’re not used to,” 我ら. 空軍 Lt. 大佐. Brian Wyrzykowski, the mission commander, said after the exercise. “Our adversaries have advanced weapons systems and advanced technology that they can use against us, so we need to be able to operate efficiently in austere situations and gain proficiency in those operations.”
Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, これは “単純, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft” だれの “short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines,” successfully took off and landed on the highway.
Six crewmembers also took off and landed on a C-146 Wolfhound, これは “twin-engine, high-wing aircraft” designed to provide “flexible and responsive operational movement of small teams and cargo.”
The Michigan Air National Guard coordinated with local residents, utility companies, municipal emergency management agencies, and others to make Thunder LZ a success.
“We actually met with those homeowners directly and the level of support we received from the direct interactions has been, in my mind, 前例のない,” 大佐. Jim Rossi, 司令官, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, said Thursday. “They’re such a patriotic group of Americans that are up here, willing to support and are as excited as we are to make this happen.”