Last A-10s in Europe depart from Spangdahlem
The last four A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the 81st Fighter Squadron left Spangdahlem May 17, 2013.
Twenty-one aircraft relocated to the United States over the past few months due to the deliberate and comprehensive restructure planned by the U.S. Air Force that has lead to the inactivation of the 81st in June.
"Saying farewell to the 81st makes today a sad day, but it is just another chapter in the life of a fighter squadron," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Clinton Eichelberger, 81st commander from Annapolis, Md.
After flying over the next few days, the aircraft will land at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., where they will continue supporting operations requiring combat aircraft.
Although the A-10s have left Europe, Spangdahlem will continue to support the U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa and NATO mission as an integral part of the U.S. Air Force. The 52nd Fighter Wing will maintain a relevant combat capability, as it is a critical mobility hub and enduring USAFE installation.