Friday, October 14, 2011

81st Fighter Squadron A-10Cs possibly caught on departure for Afghanistan

On September 28, 2011, Bart Claes from Belgium had the opportunity to take the following exclusive shots:

A-10C 81-0966 from the 81st Fighter Squadron, marked "52 OG" as the 52nd Operations Group boss bird. (Photo by Bart Claes) Full size

A-10C 81-0985 from the 81st Fighter Squadron. (Photo by Bart Claes) Full size

Both pictures were first-released on KB See topic ETAD 28-09-2011

Note: Because both pilots are wearing desert flight suites, it seems to me they were really on deployment. Other signs are the centerline fuel tanks and baggage pods. Currently deployed to Afghanistan as part of a "Total Force" A-10C aircraft package are the following "Hogs" from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany (tailcode SP):

A-10C 80-0275
A-10C 81-0956
A-10C 81-0965
A-10C 81-0966 (marked "52 OG")
A-10C 81-0981 (marked "81 FS")
A-10C 81-0985

Unfortunately, their departure is'nt documented completely. I would be very grateful for any additional info and pictures.

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