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Encyclopedia > Gus Kohntopp
Gus Kohntopp

Gus Kohntopp participates in combat survival training near Idaho City, Idaho with the Idaho Air National Guard on August 6, 2006.
Nickname Skeeter
Place of birth Buhl, Idaho
Allegiance Idaho Air National Guard
Years of service 1985 – present
Rank Colonel
Unit 124th Wing
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
Awards Bronze Star

Gus Kohntopp is an A-10 Thunderbolt II (A-10) fighter pilot with the Idaho Air National Guard of the United States (U.S.). He currently holds the rank of colonel and is also a commercial pilot with Southwest Airlines. He spent 14 years on active duty with the United States Air Force during which he flew the F-117 Nighthawk "stealth fighter." Khontopp flew combat missions with the 190th Fighter Squadron during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On February 6, 2007, he was identified by the British tabloid The Sun as "POPOV36", the callsign for one of two A-10 aircraft involved in the 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident - March 28, 2003 in which British soldier Matty Hull was killed. The incident and subsequent inquest by British authorities were widely reported by the media, especially in the United Kingdom. Idaho City is a city located in Boise County, Idaho. ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The city of Buhl is located on the old Oregon Trail in the western half of Twin Falls County, Idaho. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq arguably without the explicit backing of the... Combatants Coalition Forces: United States United Kingdom South Korea Australia Poland Romania others. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... Primary user United States Air Force Number built 715 Unit cost US$9. ... Please see Colonel for other countries which use this rank Insignia of a United States Colonel Colonel is a rank of the United States armed forces. ... Southwest Airlines, Inc. ... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, nicknamed “The Black Jet”[2], is the worlds first operational aircraft completely designed around stealth technology. ... The 190th Fighter Squadron is a squadron of the 124th Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard. ... Combatants Coalition Forces: United States United Kingdom South Korea Australia Poland Romania others. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ... In broadcasting and radio communication, a callsign or call sign (also call letters) is a unique designation for a transmitting station. ... Two A-10 Thunderbolt jets FV107 Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle The 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident was a friendly fire incident involving two United States Air Force Air National Guard 190th Fighter Squadron attack aircraft and vehicles from the United Kingdoms D Squadron, The Blues...

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Early life

Kohntopp was born in Buhl, Idaho (U.S.), the first of four boys to parents Dean and Carolyn Kohntopp. Living on a farm, he was involved as a boy in raising cattle, working bean fields, and digging irrigation ditches. During his childhood and adolescence Kohntopp hunted and fished frequently, and was involved with 4H, Cub Scouts, and Scouting. At age 14, he achieved "Eagle Scout", the highest rank in the U.S. Boy Scouts organization.[1] The city of Buhl is located on the old Oregon Trail in the western half of Twin Falls County, Idaho. ... The 4-H youth organization, now administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension System, was founded in 1904 by G.C. Adams in Newton CountyGeorgia and now serves over 1. ... Cub Scouts in uniform from Hong Kong A Cub Scout is a member of the section of the worldwide Scouting movement for young persons normally aged 8–10. ... Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement aiming to develop young people physically, mentally and spiritually, so that they may play constructive roles in society. ... An Eagle Scout is a Scout with the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). ... For professional sport scouts, see Scout (sport). ...


On one occasion in high school around 1980, Kohntopp was riding motorcycles with friends in the Owyhee Mountains in southwest Idaho when they stopped to take a break. At that moment, two General Dynamics F-111 aircraft from Mountain Home Air Force Base flew by below them, only 100 feet above the ground. Kohntopp later said of that moment, "That was when I knew I wanted to fly." Shortly thereafter, he had the opportunity to ride in a cropdusting helicopter during efforts to fight a severe infestation of "crop-destroying" grasshoppers that infested his family farm.[2] Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Owyhee County is a county located in the state of Idaho. ... The General Dynamics F-111 is a medium-range strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and tactical strike aircraft designed in the 1960s. ... Mountain Home Air Force Base (Mountain Home AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located near Mountain Home, Idaho in Elmore County, about 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Boise. ... The Antonov An-2 was the first purpose-built agricultural arcraft to be mass-produced. ... Families Superfamily: Tridactyloidea Cylindrachaetidae Ripipterygidae Tridactylidae Superfamily: Tetrigoidea Tetrigidae Superfamily: Eumastacoidea Chorotypidae Episactidae Eumastacidae Euschmidtiidae Mastacideidae Morabidae Proscopiidae Thericleidae Superfamily: Pneumoroidea Pneumoridae Superfamily: Pyrgomorphoidea Pyrgomorphidae Superfamily: Acridoidea Acrididae Charilaidae Dericorythidae Lathiceridae Lentulidae Lithidiidae Ommexechidae Pamphagidae Pyrgacrididae Romaleidae Tristiridae Superfamily: Tanaoceroidea Tanaoceridae Superfamily: Trigonopterygoidea Trigonopterygidae Xyronotidae Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects of...


Kohntopp entered the University of Idaho in 1981. While at the university he was active in the FarmHouse fraternity. During this time he traveled with his grandmother to visit distant relatives in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. Of that trip, Kohntopp said, "What amazed us most was what we take for granted in the United States was mostly a luxury for these people. After that experience I knew I wanted to help protect our country's freedoms. The best way I felt to do this was to join the military." He applied for and was accepted into the university's Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. Kohntopp graduated in 1985 with a degree in computer science engineering.[3] The University of Idaho is the states most prominent land-grant and primary research university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... FarmHouse Fraternity is an all-male international social fraternity founded at the University of Missouri in 1905. ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in Latin, Југославија in Cyrillic, English: Land of the South Slavs) describes four political entities that existed one at a time on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century. ... U.S. Air Force R.O.T.C. shield // One of the three commissioning sources for officers in the United States Air Force, the other two being the Air Force Academy and Officer Training School. ...


Flying career

Kohntopp attended pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base and graduated in the top 5% of his class. He chose the A-10 Thunderbolt II (A-10) as the aircraft that he wished to fly. First Kohntopp attended fighter "lead-in" training at Holloman Air Force Base and then transferred to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to train in the A-10. His first assignment after graduating from the training was Suwon Air Base near Suwon, South Korea where he spent 13 months.[4] Columbus AFB is a United States Air Force base located in Lowndes County, Mississippi, treated for statistical purposes by the United States Census Bureau as a census-designated place. ... Primary user United States Air Force Number built 715 Unit cost US$9. ... Holloman Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force base in Otero County, New Mexico. ... Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (IATA: DMA, ICAO: KDMA), also referred to as D-M, is a key US Air Combat Command installation, located within the city limits of Tucson, in Pima County, Arizona. ... Suwon (Suwon-si) is the largest city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. ...


After Suwon, Kohntopp was transferred to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in South Carolina for two years. At Myrtle Beach, he met his wife Saunie. Believing that the U.S. Air Force was about to deactivate its A-10 fleet, Kohntopp applied for and was accepted as a F-117 Nighthawk pilot, operating out of Tonopah Test Range, Nevada. During his time at Tonopah, he deployed twice to Saudi Arabia. His F-117 unit then moved to Holloman Air Force Base, although Kohntopp and his family continued to maintain a home in Las Vegas. He served as an instructor pilot for the F-117 and AT-38 for the next five years at Holloman.[5] Myrtle Beach Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force facility. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35... The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, nicknamed “The Black Jet”[2], is the worlds first operational aircraft completely designed around stealth technology. ... Tonopah Test Range is a military installation located about 30 miles southeast of Tonopah, Nevada. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... The Northrop T-38 Talon is a US-built supersonic jet trainer for military pilots and NASA astronauts. ...


After Holloman, Kohntopp served in a staff position at United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 1999, soon after the birth of his second son, Kohntopp decided to leave active duty and return to Idaho where he obtained a position as an A-10 pilot with the 190th Fighter Squadron of the Idaho Air National Guard.[6] A General Staff is a group of professional military officers who act in a staff or administrative role under the command of a general officer. ... Emblem of the United States Central Command. ... MacDill Air Force Base Emblem showing a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 6th Air Mobility wing with the Tampa Skyline and Gasparilla ship in the background. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 162 miles (260 km)  - Length 497 miles (800 km)  - % water 17. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The 190th Fighter Squadron is a squadron of the 124th Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard. ...


Kohntopp was hired as a first officer with Southwest Airlines, a position that he held for six years before being promoted to captain in early 2006. During this time, the 190th Fighter Squadron with Kohntopp was deployed to Southwest Asia for four and one half months in support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Kohntopp flew 27 combat missions in support of United States and United Kingdom military forces involved in the operation. Kohntopp called the deployment, "the epitome of my career" and he was awarded the Bronze Star for his performance during the operation.[7] In late 2006 or early 2007, Kohntopp was promoted to Colonel.[8] In commercial aviation, the first officer is the second pilot of an aircraft. ... Southwest Airlines, Inc. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...  Southwest Asia in most contexts. ... Combatants Coalition Forces: United States United Kingdom South Korea Australia Poland Romania others. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... Colonel (IPA: or ) is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ...


Friendly fire incident

Further information: 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident - March 28, 2003
British FV107 Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle of the type in which Matty Hull was killed.
Matty Hull 1976 - 2003
Matty Hull 1976 - 2003

On March 28, 2003 two 190th A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, flown by a Major and a Lieutenant Colonel, flew a mission to destroy artillery and rocket launchers from Iraq's 6th Armor Division, dug in 25 miles north of Basra. During the mission, the two A-10 aircraft mistakenly attacked a patrol of four armored vehicles from D Squadron of the British Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry that were supporting the 16 Air Assault Brigade in Operation Telic. As a result of the strafing runs made by the 190th A-10 aircraft, British Lance-Corporal of Horse Matty Hull was killed and five of his colleagues were injured, four seriously.[9][10] The cause of injury to the victims was multiple shrapnel wounds and burns. At least two FV107 Scimitar armored vehicles were destroyed and an FV103 Spartan was damaged during the incident. The British newspaper, The Sun, on February 6, 2007 identified one of the two A-10 pilots involved, the "Lieutenant Colonel" who used "POPOV36" as his callsign during the incident, as Gus Kohntopp.[11] [12] Two A-10 Thunderbolt jets FV107 Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle The 190th Fighter Squadron, Blues and Royals friendly fire incident was a friendly fire incident involving two United States Air Force Air National Guard 190th Fighter Squadron attack aircraft and vehicles from the United Kingdoms D Squadron, The Blues... Image File history File links FV107_CVR(T)_Scimitar. ... Image File history File links FV107_CVR(T)_Scimitar. ... This refers to the armoured vehicle, for other uses see Scimitar (disambiguation) FV107 Scimitar is an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, although sometimes classed as a light tank used by the British Army. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Primary user United States Air Force Number built 715 Unit cost US$9. ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... Location of Basra Basra (Arabic: ‎; BGN: Al BaÅŸrah) is the second largest city of Iraq with an estimated population of 2,600,000 (2003). ... The Blues and Royals are a British Army armoured regiment and are part of the Household Cavalry. ... Dismounted Blues and Royals (left) and Life Guards (right) preparing to line the route of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions, a country’s most elite or historically senior military groupings or those military groupings... The 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 AAB) is a unit of the British Army It was formed as part of the defence reforms implemented by the Strategic Defence Review on 1 September 1999 by the merging of 24th Airmobile Brigade and elements of 5th Airborne Brigade. ... Operation Telic is the codename under which all British operations of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and after are being conducted. ... Strafing (adaptation of German strafen, to punish, specifically from the World War I humorous adaptation of the German catchphrase Gott strafe England), is the practice of firing on a static target from a moving platform. ... Lance-Corporal of Horse (LCoH) is an appointment unique to the Household Cavalry of the British Army, equivalent to Lance Sergeant in the Foot Guards. ... This refers to the armoured vehicle, for other uses see Scimitar (disambiguation) FV107 Scimitar is an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, although sometimes classed as a light tank used by the British Army. ... FV103 Spartan is a British Army armoured personnel carrier. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


The aftermath of the attack has caused controversy, especially in the United Kingdom (UK), as some, including Hull's family, have complained of a lack of cooperation into the British inquest of the incident by the United States government and the UK's Ministry of Defense (MoD). The United States and UK MoD denied for a period of time that a video existed of the incident and then later admitted that a video existed but couldn't be released because it was classified. On February 6, 2007 The Sun tabloid newspaper obtained a copy of the cockpit video from the A-10 aircraft, which they released to the public on their website.[13] A typical classified document. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Look up sun in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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A UK investigation found that "procedures were not followed" by the two pilots. The UK board singled out "POPOV36" for criticism, stating, "POPOV36 showed a single-minded pursuit of the UK vehicles. There is no indication he was sensitive to POPOV35’s (the other A-10 involved) workload or the difficulties posed by addressing two possible targets at the same time."[14] The Sun further stated that because his name is now public, Kohntopp can now be individually requested to appear before the British inquest into Matty Hull's death.[15] As of February 9, 2007 Kohntopp was reported to be "in hiding."[16] Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Image File history File links Wikisource-logo. ... The original Wikisource logo. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


References

Notes

  1. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 12.
  2. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 12.
  3. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 12.
  4. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 12-13.
  5. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 13.
  6. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 13.
  7. ^ Mundt, From Stealth to Southwest, 12-13.
  8. ^ Dunn, Matty
  9. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/03/31/nbrits231.xml
  10. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/01/31/ninquest131.xml
  11. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2007060452,00.html
  12. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6341055.stm
  13. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007060133,00.html
  14. ^ British Army, Board of Inquiry Report, p. 5-2.
  15. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007060133,00.html and http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2852243&page=2
  16. ^ Smith, Emily, "It wasn't my fault," The Sun, February 9, 2007, [1].

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