Multiple US deployments to Europe

Eight A-10Cs from Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Fighter Wing based at Selfridge Air National Guard Base transited RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk on May 31-June 1 on their way to Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia. A specially marked Thunderbolt II 81-0994/MI commemorates the unit’s World War Two history when it flew the type’s namesake, the P-47D Thunderbolt.
Ade Carver

In moves reminiscent of the Crested Cap and Salty Bee deployments to Europe by US military aircraft in the Cold War, several Stateside-based aircraft have deployed to Europe this summer. A detachment of F-16Cs from Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Fighter Wing flew to Skrydstrup Air Base, Denmark, on June 1 to take part in exercises across the continent. Four of those left almost immediately for Cerklje ob Krki Air Base in Slovenia to take part in the Slovenian-led Joint Terminal Attack Controller training exercise Adriatic Strike 2018.

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