The snub-nosed A-10 Warthog spent years in Germany as a bulwark against the Soviet Union. Now a dozen of the tank-smashing planes are back in their original stomping grounds—and on a mission to counter Russia.
On Feb. 10, U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced that the A-10s and their crews from the 355th Fighter Wing touched down at Spangdahlem Air Base. More than 30 years ago, the flying branch first sent A-10s to Europe in case of a Soviet invasion.
The heavily armed and armored planes will help “reassure our allies and partner nations that our commitment to European security is a priority,” said Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, the second-in-command at the Air Force’s European headquarters.