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GE Aviation Lecture Series
Presenter: Capt. Kim Campbell USAF
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC
She earned her pilot's license at 16 and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1997. Her call sign is "Killer Chick," and she flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately known as the Warthog, or simply "the Hawg," an aircraft renowned for its ruggedness in support missions for ground troops.
Captain Kim Campbell, USAF, is assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. To open the lecture series, Captain Campbell will offer a firsthand account of her combat missions during the 23rd Fighter Group's deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in spring 2003. She will share highlights of her encounter with enemy fire while patrolling the Iraq "no fly zone," as well as her 20 combat missions while posted to Afghanistan.
While flying a mission over Baghdad on April 7, 2003, her A-10 was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, rolled left, and pointed toward the ground. The A-10 sustained damage to one engine and to the redundant hydraulic systems, disabling the flight controls, landing gear and brakes, and horizontal stabilizer. However, Captain Campbell found that the manual flight controls still worked and she was able to fly her crippled A-10 back to base, 100 miles away. On the ground, an inspection of the aircraft revealed hundreds of holes in the airframe and that large sections of the stabilizer and hydraulic controls were missing.
This lecture is made possible through the generous support of General Electric.