Final A-10 Thunderbolt II tactical sortie in Europe

The last A-10 Thunderbolt II tactical sortie in Europe was launched from SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS).

The airframe belongs to the 52nd Fighter Wing’s 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be retired in June this year.

In the sortie, the three pilots flew the A-10s to train with a new helmet upgrade. The Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Cueing System includes an eyepiece attachment that taps into the data relay and communications systems of the aircraft to project a colour heads-up display to highlight friendly or enemy forces.

The aircraft will be relocated to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., to help fulfil training requirements and force augmentation. The flight for the last four aircraft out of Germany is scheduled for May 17.

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