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. On Monday, February 18, 2013, he had the rare opportunity to take the following exclusive shot. Via e-mail, Marco told me [edited by Warthog News]: Four-ship mission, including A-10Cs 82-0650, 81-0962, 81-0966, 82-0654 (Take-off 19H33, Landing 22H05). BTW: Marco also told me: This photo was taken from the beautiful view from my house! Warthog News's comment: What a lucky guy!!!
Exclusive night ops snapshot of "Hogs" from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany, currently participating in exercise REAL THAW 2013 at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal. From left: A-10C 82-0654 and A-10C 81-0966, marked 52 OG as the 52nd Operations Group bird, during a night mission February 18, 2013. (Photo by Marco Casaleiro) Full size