Teeth of the Tiger

The nose of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II displays a painted set of eyes and teeth over the aircraft’s 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016.  The painting dates back throughout aviation history, where some cultures believed the paint intimidated opponents or warded off evil spirits aimed at disrupting the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

The nose of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II displays a painted set of eyes and teeth over the aircraft’s 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The painting dates back throughout aviation history, where some cultures believed the paint intimidated opponents or warded off evil spirits aimed at disrupting the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is displayed during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The 74th EFS deployed to Eastern Europe for six months to strengthen interoperability between NATO allies and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is displayed during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The 74th EFS deployed to Eastern Europe for six months to strengthen interoperability between NATO allies and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Felicia Anderson, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, places equipment inside a storage compartment under the wing of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The A-10s represented a theater security package rotation, which began in the European theater in 2015 to reassure NATO allies and partner nations of the U.S.’s commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Felicia Anderson, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, places equipment inside a storage compartment under the wing of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The A-10s represented a theater security package rotation, which began in the European theater in 2015 to reassure NATO allies and partner nations of the U.S.’s commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kayla Bowers, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, looks out of the cockpit of her aircraft during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of the U.S.’s continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kayla Bowers, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, looks out of the cockpit of her aircraft during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of the U.S.’s continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch is displayed on the shoulder of U.S. Air Force Capt. Chandra Fleming, a 74th EFS A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The patch incorporates the squadron’s legacy which dates back to the original ‘Flying Tigers’ who served in the Burma-Indo-China Theater during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch is displayed on the shoulder of U.S. Air Force Capt. Chandra Fleming, a 74th EFS A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The patch incorporates the squadron’s legacy which dates back to the original ‘Flying Tigers’ who served in the Burma-Indo-China Theater during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares taxi the aircraft for takeoff during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron served as part of a rotational force aimed at bolstering U.S. capabilities and underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares taxi the aircraft for takeoff during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron served as part of a rotational force aimed at bolstering U.S. capabilities and underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Johnson, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, removes the blocks from the wheels of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. Johnson and his fellow 74th EFS crew chiefs ensure all aircraft are prepared and safe for flight before and after each flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Johnson, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, removes the blocks from the wheels of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. Johnson and his fellow 74th EFS crew chiefs ensure all aircraft are prepared and safe for flight before and after each flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi down the runway during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron trained alongside NATO allies and partners from 14 nations as a part of the six-month deployment aimed to ensure the security of the European continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi down the runway during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron trained alongside NATO allies and partners from 14 nations as a part of the six-month deployment aimed to ensure the security of the European continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron’s six-month deployment aimed to demonstrate the U.S.’s shared commitment to peace and better prepare allies and partners to respond to a range of potential security and humanitarian challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The squadron’s six-month deployment aimed to demonstrate the U.S.’s shared commitment to peace and better prepare allies and partners to respond to a range of potential security and humanitarian challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies over the flightline during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The U.S. Air Force and other services have increased their rotational presence in Europe to reassure allies and partner nations about the U.S.’s commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies over the flightline during the 74th EFS’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. The U.S. Air Force and other services have increased their rotational presence in Europe to reassure allies and partner nations about the U.S.’s commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)