Off to go root around in the dirt.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The A-10 is specifically designed to provide close air support for U.S. and coalition ground forces.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II, 27 DEC 2009.)