Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Berlin Airlift

Sixty-five years ago, one of the most memorable and decisive campaigns in U.S. Air Force history began: the Berlin Airlift. On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union halted all supplies into the city of West Berlin from Allied Forces. In … Continue reading

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Av-Det Rotation 13-2

The first rotation of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 176th Fighter Squadron, 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, recently arrived at Lask Air Base, Poland. More than 90 men and women from the 115th FW … Continue reading

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The Last Flight

The 81st Fighter Squadron sent its last A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft out of Germany May 17. Here’s one pilot’s journey as he travels to the States in his jet and returns without it.

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The Lone Ace

The 81st Fighter Squadron flew hundreds of fighter escort, close air support and interdiction missions, supporting the D-Day invasion and operating from numerous forward landing bases in while covering the Allied advance. The squadron also produced the 50th Fighter Group’s … Continue reading

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The Avenger

The GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun is the A-10’s deadly weapon of choice and is what makes it different from other attack aircraft in the Air Force inventory. It can fire all 1,150 30-millimeter rounds in only 17 seconds, and … Continue reading

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“Sandy”

A-10 pilots play an important role in the rescue of downed pilots. When a rescue mission is planned and an A-10 is in that area of operations, the pilots take on the callsign “Sandy.” The combat search and rescue efforts … Continue reading

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The Mackay Trophy

Capt. Scott Markle received the Clarence Mackay Trophy Oct. 29, 2007, for his actions while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006. Markle, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot from the 81st Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, directly … Continue reading

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Did You Know?

The 81st Fighter Squadron flew eight different airframes from the time they activated in 1942 to their inactivation this year. P-40 Warhawk P-47 Thunderbolt F-51 Mustang F-86 Sabre F-100 Super Sabre F-4 Phantom II F-16 Fighting Falcon (pictured flying with … Continue reading

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The Last A-10s Leave Europe

We recently said farewell to the last pilots and A-10s from the 81st Fighter Squadron as they inactivate. They are also the last A-10s stationed in Europe, which makes them not only an important part of history at the 52nd … Continue reading

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