By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor
At Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, aviation photographer Marco Casaleiro from Portugal had the opportunity to take more shots of participating A-10Cs from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany. Via e-mail, Marco told me [edited by Warthog News]: Three-ship slot 1 (A-10Cs 81-0981, 81-0962, 82-0650) took off 09H26 but returned to base and landed again 11H52. Three-ship slot 2 (A-10Cs 82-0654, 82-0966, 82-0656) took off 10H55. Three-ship slot 1 (A-10Cs 81-0981, 81-0962, 82-0650) took off again 16H00 for final departure.
Comment by Warthog News: At least for the moment I don't know why slot 1 returned to base. Was there any inflight problem? I would be very grateful for an explanation.
Three-ship slot 2 at the end of the runway before take-off. Pictured (from front) are A-10Cs 82-0654, 81-0966 and 82-0656. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
Three-ship slot 1 at the end of the runway before second take-off and final departure. Pictured (from front) are A-10Cs 81-0981, 81-0962 and 82-0650. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
Three-ship slot 1 at the end of the runway scrambling before first take-off. Pictured are (from front) 82-0650, 81-0962, 81-0981 (taxiing at right to join the slot). (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size
Please note: Additional info will be posted soon.