Thursday, March 17, 2011

75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10Cs left Kandahar for CONUS

Updated March 18, 2011

According to a personal contact from the United States, ten of the twelve remaining A-10Cs from the 75th EFS have left Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in two batches. They are now on their way back home to Moody AFB Georgia, expect for a stopover at Lajes Field, Azores, within two to three days. Two of the 75th EFS aircraft are still on place at Kandahar for use by the 74th EFS which arrived with 17 jets instead of 18 as originally planned (like the 18 A-10Cs which were originally deployed with the 75th EFS in September 2010). Probably one of the 74th EFS jet, scheduled for the recent ferry flight, was broken somewhere.

If I get all serial numbers of the ten returning "Hogs", I can easily identify the two remainers.

All of that is also a clear sign that the newly deployed 74th EFS with their "fresh" A-10Cs has replaced the 75th EFS at Kandahar for the ongoing "Hog" close air support (CAS) mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On the Dutch Scramble Messageboard's topic Lajes (Azores) (LPLA/TER) - 2011 MIL the following info was posted today:

Heads up for 12x 75FS A-10's back to CONUS. (Departed Kandahar this afternoon)
Most probably they will be back at LPLA in one or two days from now

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