At Lajes Field, Azores, Warthog News contributor Juvenal Castro from Portugal had the opportunity to take the following picture:
A-10C 78-0600 sitting lonely on the tarmac at Lajes Field, Azores, April 1, 2011. (Photo by Juvenal Castro) Full size
In early March, A-10C 78-0600 has been arrived at Lajes with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Georgia, for a stopover enroute Afghanistan. But it was unable to continue the mission due to maintenance issues. The team departed for downrange March 11, leaving the downed jet.
Meanwhile, it seems that this aircraft will return to CONUS together with the rest of the homecoming 75th EFS fighter package.