Breaking left at Campia Turzii (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)

Photo Essay: USAF Warthogs reinforce Romania

In an attempt to boost Europe’s defenses in an attempt to scare of Russia, the US Air Force now sent a so-called Theater Security Package of 12 Republic Fairchild A-10 thunderbolt II attack jets to Romania on 30 March 2015. The A-10s arrived from Germany, where they were previously deployed.

Spangdahlem-based F-16Cs chase this Davis Monthan A-10 down to the runway. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
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The dozen Warthogs – as the nickname for the planes go – landed at Câmpia Turzii, where six USAF F-16C Fighting Falcons from Spangdahlem Airbase last month had been training with the Romanian Air Force’s 71st Air Base’s Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21s as well, the Lancers of A, B (ground attack) and C (interceptor) versions that call Campia Turzii home. The A-10s will be their guests for three months and are from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Davis-Monthan AFB, and immediately came in action a day later by “taking out” a car that served as training target on the ground.

Many of the joint training missions flown have been labeled Dacian Thunder 2015. According to Romanian Air Force sources they will involve 11 of the 12 American A-10s, but only four of the officially 36 Romanian MiG-21s, plus six license-built IAR-330 Puma helicopters in both SOCAT (assault) and medevac configuration.

The Romanian Air Force is currently upgrading its capabilities, with a dozen American-made F-16 aircraft on their way. The first Romanian pilots already flew the F-16 solo (read here).

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): Breaking left at Campia Turzii (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)

A USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is parked off the runway of Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015 (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is parked off the runway of Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015 (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II fires its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon near Campia Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015. (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II fires its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon near Campia Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015. (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A dummy vehicle serving as a target for the A-10s rotary canon (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A dummy vehicle serving as a target for the A-10s rotary canon (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
After the strafing run (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
After the strafing run (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
Caught on camera flying over Campia Turzii, Romania (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
Caught on camera flying over Campia Turzii, Romania (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A row of USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Campia Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015. The Theater Security Packages like this one have been named Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)
A row of USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Campia Turzii, Romania, on 1 April 2015. The Theater Security Packages like this one have been named Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Image © Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / US Air Force)