By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor
During "Air Expo 2012" at Bitburg, Warthog News contributor Michael Tischer from Germany had the opportunity to take a lot of shots of A-10C 82-0654 from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
Michael gives a thumbs-up and looks very happy in this cool picture, posted by himself on his Facebook timeline. Michael's photo caption: Capt. John Cotman, 81st Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, explains the function of the A-10C Thunderbolt II cockpit & weapon systems to me! Thank you! (Courtesy photo) Full size
A-10C 82-0654 on display. (Photo by Michael Tischer) Full size
On static display and "escorted" by a nice fire truck. (Photo by Michael Tischer) Full size
At the flight line. (Photo by Michael Tischer) Full size
Taxiing. (Photo by Michael Tischer) Full size
Leaving the Air Expo 2012. 'Hightest01' climbes out of Bitburg Airport for it's homebase Spangdahlem on Monday, 25th June 2012. (Photo by Michael Tischer) Full size
BTW: Since years, A-10 82-0654 wears a wrong tailcode number (81-0654). According to Michael Tischer in an e-mail to me, a crew chief had the idea to solve that with a Roman "2". And so, we have an A-10C with the tail number AF 8II654.
Please note: More info and pictures will be uploaded soon.