By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor
At Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, aviation photographer Marco Casaleiro from Portugal had the opportunity to take the following shots of A-10Cs from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany, during take-off on Wednesday afternoon.
A-10C 81-0962. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
A-10C 81-0981, marked 81 FS as the 81st Fighter Squadron's boss bird. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
A-10C 82-0650. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
A-10C 82-0654. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
Please note: I'm a little bit surprised, but the only load what I can see is Sniper XR targeting pod on station 10. Why are these jets so clean? Orientation flights? As Marco told me via e-mail, this four-ship taked off 14:38 local time and landed 16:58 local time in the following order: 81-0981, 82-0654, 81-0962, 82-0650.
BTW: Marco already announced some more additional shots!