by Senior Airman Nigel Sandridge
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, participated in flying operations at Royal Air Force Lakenheath this week.
Pilots and maintenance members received an opportunity to trade knowledge and train in a contrasting climate for support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, while local media outlets were able to take photos and speak with the visiting crew.
“The A-10s are here in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve,” said Capt. Jessica Wyble, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot. “We’re reassuring our allies of our commitment to NATO.”
Media members drove in from all over the country, some commuting up to 220 miles just to witness the sight of A-10s on RAF Lakenheath.
“The opportunity to see the A-10s fly is amazing,” said Lawrence Clift, Sideways media photographer. “I remember seeing them fly as a kid, so I brought my son so he could experience it.”
Over the duration of their visit, the A-10s participated in training missions with RAF Lakenheath’s F-15C Eagles to enhance interoperability.
“Today’s experience was fantastic,” said James Ronayne, Aviation News assistant editor. “Being so close to such an iconic aircraft like the A-10 is not an opportunity you get every day.”
SOURCE: 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs