Thursday, November 13, 2008

Operation Enduring Freedom A-10 photo update

By Joachim Jacob

Currently, I'm very busy to make some new personal contacts to European aircraft spotters for tracking the A-10 Thunderbolt II on ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom combat deployments to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. Every Hog which deploy to the CENTCOM AOR for Bagram AB will made a first stopover at Lajes Field, Azores. In this case, spotters and photographers at Lajes Field are my main sources. They publish their very helpful info mainly on the Scramble Message Board topic Lajes (Azores)(LPLA/TER) 2008 and also on

The next stopover point for A-10s enroute Afghanistan is Naval Air Station Sigonella, Cicily, followed by Al Udeid AB, Qatar (hosted by the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing).

They return to CONUS on the same procedure.

Today, from João Toste (Portugal) I got the kind written permission to post his following outstanding shot, already published on

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A-10 78-0674, marked 74 FS, lands on Lajes Airfield's runway 33 on September 8, 2008, enroute to Afghanistan as part of the currently deployed 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (Photo by João Toste)

Special thanks to João Toste for permission to post his exclusive photo on my blog!

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