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Osan's A-10 greets visitors at Sacheon Air Show

A line of air show attendees forms at the 25th Fighter Squadron’s A-10 Thunderbolt II display at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

A line of air show attendees forms at the 25th Fighter Squadron’s A-10 Thunderbolt II display at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. During the four-day show, hundreds of visitors visited the display, took photos with the aircrew and purchased souvenirs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. The Black Eagles team flies Korea Aerospace Industries T-50B Golden Eagle aircraft and perform internationally. Their aerial demonstration includes maneuvers such as the Roll Back and Afterburner Loop, a four-ship Double Helix, Typhoon Landing, and more. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. The A-10 and its pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. The A-10 and its pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. The Black Eagles team flies Korea Aerospace Industries T-50B Golden Eagle aircraft and perform internationally. Their aerial demonstration includes maneuvers such as the Roll Back and Afterburner Loop, a four-ship Double Helix, Typhoon Landing, and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, fly above an A-10 Thunderbolt II as they perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018. The A-10 and its pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

Visitors pose for photos with the aircrew of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

Visitors pose for a photo with U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Derek Fallert and an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, ROK, Oct. 25, 2018. The A-10 and it’s pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea Air Force Band performs at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

The Republic of Korea Air Force Band performs at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, ROK, Oct. 25, 2018. The band welcomed visitors to the air show with music and rifle drill demonstrations. Two pilots from the 25th Fighter Squadron assigned to Osan Air Base, ROK, represented the U.S. Air Force at the expo with an A-10 Thunderbolt ll static display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

Spectators watch the Republic of Korea’s 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.

Spectators watch the Republic of Korea Air Force's 53rd Demonstration Group, also known as the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, ROK, Oct. 25, 2018. The Black Eagles team flies Korea Aerospace Industries T-50B Golden Eagle aircraft and perform internationally. Their aerial demonstration includes maneuvers such as the Roll Back and Afterburner Loop, a four-ship Double Helix, Typhoon Landing, and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Hunter Hayes, 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, center, talks to Republic of Korea Air Force officers about the GAU 8/A Avenger gun of the aircraft during the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 26, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Hunter Hayes, 25th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, center, talks to Republic of Korea Air Force officers about the GAU 8/A Avenger gun of the aircraft during the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 26, 2018. The A-10 and its pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

Dancers kick off the second day of the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo by giving the audience an exciting show at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2016.
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Dancers kick off the second day of the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo by giving the audience an exciting show at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2016. The dancers opened the air show with a number of popular music hits and featured solo dances and mascots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

A visitor of the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo examines a patch at the 25th Fighter Squadron’s A-10 Thunderbolt II display at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2018.
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A visitor of the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo examines a patch at the 25th Fighter Squadron’s A-10 Thunderbolt II display at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2018. Attendees who visited the A-10 display were able to purchase patches, T-shirts, stickers, take photos and receive a free notebook. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

A-10 Thunderbolt II visitors purchase patches, T-shirts, stickers and other souvenirs at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2018.
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A-10 Thunderbolt II visitors purchase patches, T-shirts, stickers and other souvenirs at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo at Sacheon Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 26, 2018. The A-10 and it’s pilots represented the U.S. Air Force during the four-day airshow, showcasing air power and building relationships with more than 100,000 attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s 53rd Demonstration Group, the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 25, 2018.
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The Republic of Korea Air Force’s 53rd Demonstration Group, the Black Eagles, perform at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo at Sacheon Air Base, ROK, Oct. 25, 2018. The Black Eagles team flies Korea Aerospace Industries T-50B Golden Eagle aircraft and perform internationally. Their aerial demonstration includes maneuvers such as the Roll Back and Afterburner Loop, a four-ship Double Helix, Typhoon Landing, and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Osan Air Base's 25th Fighter Squadron greeted visitors at the Gyeongnam Sacheon Aerospace Expo, Republic of Korea, Oct. 24-29, 2018.

The aircraft, commonly known for its close-air support (CAS) missions, made its appearance at the air show to give visitors a chance to interact with the aircraft, nicknamed the tank-killer.

The 25th’s own A-10 pilot, U.S. Air Force Capt. Hunter Hayes, answered questions and posed for photos with air show visitors.

“My goal is to just help the community to have a better understanding of us and for us to have a better understanding of them,” he said. “It’s awesome. People are out here taking great photos and they’ve got a lot of interest in the jet, and I love being out here to answer those questions.”

The air show boasted many exciting exhibits such as virtual reality demonstrations, aerial demonstrations, music, dancing, food, and more. While many of the static aircraft displays were roped off to prevent visitors from venturing too close, the A-10 aircrew allowed visitors to personalize their A-10 experience by getting close enough to touch the aircraft and pose for photos with the aircrew. Attendees also bought patches, t-shirts, lanyards, and other souvenirs.

“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Hayes said. “I’m glad I was able to bring [the A-10] out. The community has had tons of questions already and shown a lot of interest. It’s been a privilege to be able to answer those questions and be out here and interact with the community as the air show goes on.”

The A-10 exhibit drew thousands of visitors during the air show.

“I’m very interested in it,” said Yong Hwa Ok, who attended the air show with his two daughters. “This is the first time we visited [the air show] with my family.”

For Ok, the highlight of the show was seeing the Black Eagles aerial demonstration. The Black Eagles are South Korea’s premiere aerial demo team who perform at air shows worldwide.

“I was very nervous because before visiting, I only saw them in a magazine and TV shows,” he said. “The real flight is amazing. A lot of people came to enjoy it and I’m here to enjoy it with my family and have a good time.”

The Gyeongnam Sacheon Air Expo concluded on Sunday, Oct. 28, and the following day, the A-10 returned to Osan Air Base to continue to defend American interests in the Pacific and the 51 million citizens of South Korea.