VIDEO: 'Warthogs' get a splashy farewell at Spangdahlem Air Base
By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 14, 2013
SPANGDAHLEM, Germany — A trio of A-10 “Warthogs” from the 81st Fighter Squadron, piloted by Lt. Col. Jeff Hogan and Capts. Josh Geidel and Greg Ulrich, received a ceremonial hose down Tuesday after completing the squadron’s final tactical training mission from Spangdahlem Air Base.
The A-10s, which have been stationed at Spangdahlem since 1994, were scheduled to leave the base at the end of the week.
The 81st Fighter Squadron saw action in Europe during World War II and has been on the Continent continually since 1953. It is scheduled to inactivate next month.
Over the years the squadron flew a number of aircraft including the F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-4 Phantom and F16 Fighting Falcon.
Pilots and crew of the 81st Fighter Squadron pose in front of one of their A-10 "Warthogs" following the unit's final tactical training mission in Europe, Tuesday. The A-10s are scheduled to leave Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, at the end of the week and the 81st is scheduled to inactivate next month.
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