Thursday, April 9, 2009

81st Fighter Squadron A-10s went to Bulgaria for exerxise

By Joachim Jacob

Updated 13 April 2009

According to reports on the Dutch Scramble Message Board and the German FlugzeugForum, six A-10s from the 81st Fighter Squadron 'Panthers', 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany, went on deployment to Bulgaria for exercise on April 7th, 2009. Their destination was Bezmer Air Base (LBIA/JAM), and not Amendola Air Base (LIBA) near Foggia, Italy, as originally reported.

The Bezmer Air Base is among the joint US-Bulgarian military bases established according to the 2006 Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States and Bulgaria.

Involved aircraft with their callsigns:

81-0952 Panther01
81-0962 Panther03
81-0980 Panther04
81-0983 Panther05
81-0988 Panther06
82-0646 Panther02

Note: This post will be further updated.

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