U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt attack planes have arrived in Poland

Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft have arrived at Polish Powidz AB.

Last month, when the U.S. deployed 12 A-10s to Germany as part of the first TSP (Theater Security Package) we wrote that the aircraft might be temporarily stationed in Poland. Apparently, our assumptions turned out to be founded: on Mar. 24, four Thunderbolts have arrived at the 33rd Powidz Transport Air Base, near Gniezno, in the Greater Poland District.

The purpose of the visit is yet unknown. Most probably the Thunderbolts will be involved in the exercises related to Operation Atlantic Resolve, which is a NATO programme aimed at providing reassurance for the Mid-Eastern European countries (against the Russian threat).

The arrival of the attack aircraft was preceded by arrival of two USAF C-130 Hercules transports, one from the 86th Airlift Wing stationed at Ramstein AB and another one from the 302nd Airlift Wing from Colorado Springs, both part of the rotational USAF Aviation Detachment.

We do not have any information related to length or plan of the unexpected visit. Notably, one of the Warthogs was piloted by a female pilot.

Image Credit: 3rd Transport Aviation Wing, cpt. Włodzimierz Baran, Polish Air Force. More photos here.


About Jacek Siminski
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  1. Such unsexy plane too bad USAF doesn’t like. Give to US Army, for CAS mission.

  2. You obviously do not know a lot about Polish Russian history throughout the WW2. E.g. the Russsian Army was ordered to stop at the Vistula river during the three months of the Warsaw Uprising. Instead of supporting the Insurgents, they let the city bleed out for long,, three months. Russia has always been, together with Germany, tearing Poland apart, and Polish independence has been a struggle against these two nations for a long time.

    I do not want to attack you, I just wanted to rectifyy the biased quote above.

  3. Oh yes, uncle Stalin loved Poland and Poles so much that he gave them the Katyn massacre, sent to the gulag members of the Home Army and forcefully established a communist government that answered to him. Stalins Russia was as bad as the Third Reich. Except… they ended up on the wining side. Poland owes nothing to the foul creation that was the USSR.

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