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'Chopper popper'
Col. Robert Swain Jr., 439th Airlift Wing commander, explains to civic leaders how he shot down an Iraqi helciopter with the A-10 Thunderbolt II he flew during the first Golf War. The aircraft pictured is on display at the Air Force Academy, and nickamed the “chopper popper.” Twenty-three leaders from western Massachusetts toured the academy and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (US Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Sandi Michon)

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