By Joachim Jacob, Warthog News Editor
It seems like three of the six 81st Fighter Squadron A-10Cs which participated in exercise REAL THAW 2013 left Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, for Lajes Field, Azores, for a stopover enroute CONUS (Continental United Staates) due to the upcoming deactivation of the 81st Fighter Squadron "Panthers", 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
On Friday, February 22, 2013, 17:07, RAMA_77 (user name) posted on the Dutch Scramble Messageboard: Today one flt A10s Retro 01; 02; 03 as Op Coronet East 050 dep from LPMR to LPLA, supp one tanker KC135 Blue51; and one flt A10s Retro 04; 05; 06 dep from LPMR to ETAD (home), supp one tanker KC135 Quid 79.
See topic: Monte Real (LPMR) - 2013 MIL
BTW: I would be very grateful for any more related info.