Spangdahlem-based F-16Cs chase this Davis Monthan A-10 down to the runway. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

New flocks of A-10 Thunderbolts to Europe

A new flock of A-10C Thunderbolts is heading to Europe in the not too distant future as part of US Operation Atlantic Resolve. The announcement comes just after the first Theater Security Package (TSP) of A-10s left Europe. This time, the Thunderbolts belong to the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, nicknamed ‘Flying Tigers’.

It is unknown exactly when the tanker killers will deploy to Europe, other than in the fall. Moreover, another package of A-10s should deploy to Estonia for a shorter period of time in August and September. These aircraft belong to the 442d Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base.

The A-10s from Moody will likely use Spangdahlem in Germany  as their main base in Europe, similar to the first TSP that arrived last February. Aircraft and aircrew of that deployment were seen during many military exercises and airshows in Europe throughout their stay.

After six months over European skies, they left for the US again earlier this month, arriving back at their home at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, on 4 August.

Spring and summer 2015 also saw US Air Force F-15s deploying to Europe, as seen here and here.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): An A-10 seen head on. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

The business end of an A-10 Thunderbolt. (Image © US Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)
The business end of an A-10 Thunderbolt. (Image © US Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)