Between Oct. 5 and 7, 12 A-10C Warthogs landed at Lajes Field in the Azores, on their way back to the U.S. after a tour of duty of six months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Bagram Airfield.
Even if the aircraft were assinged to the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron “Flying Tigers”, 23rd Fighter Group, 23rd Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, some of them still wore the markings of the 81st Fighter Squadron “Panthers”, a recently inactivated unit formerly assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing from Spangdahlem airbase, Germany.
The 12 Boars were replaced by 12 A-10Cs that made a stopover at Lajes Field on their way to Bagram airfield at the end of September.
Image credit: André Inácio
The real question is, why isn’t the Marine Corps grabbing these airplanes. The A10 is perfect for the classic Marine ground support mission, except that they cannot be operated from an aircraft carrier. So what? Most Marine operations from WWII Corsairs on, have been ground based.
I still say……….Give (transfer) the A-10’s to the USMC…………….