Stingers at Spangdahlem

Spangdahlem Air Base hosted a Combat Readiness Exercise in March, when ‘Vipers’ from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 112th Fighter Squadron touched down in Germany. Adrian Stuermer and Dalibor Ankovic were there.

Ohio ANG in Europe

A pilot runs pre-flight checks on F-16CM 91- 0340 ‘SP’ inside one of the Spangdahlem shelters.
The pilot checks the busy flight line as F-16C 90-0701 ‘OH’ taxies out for departure from Spangdahlem’s runway 23.
Ohio ANG F-16C 90-0700 ‘OH’ tucks up its gear on take-off.
All photos Dalibor Ankovic/DA Photography

Asiren wails. It’s not a constant tone but an alternating ‘hi-lo’ signal. This means an imminent threat of attack. It’s followed by an announcement: “Attention, everyone: exercise, exercise, exercise!” Now everything has to happen fast. The entire air base is put on standby.

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