American A-10 Warthogs land at Estonian air base in Ämari (7)
Eight US Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets, affectionately known as Warthogs, landed at Ämari Air Base in northwestern Estonia on Monday for a joint air force training which will last through August 8.
"The initial training event is part of the plan for rotating USAF which was announced by US President Barack Obama in September 2014," said Commander of the Estonian Air Force Col. Jaak Tarien. "Despite very limited resources, the Estonian Air Force has managed to turn Ämari Air Base, Tapa's air-to-ground firing range and Estonia's flexibly organized airspace into a training complex that offers visiting units good training conditions and keeps bringing them to Estonia."
Over the course of the drills, practice ammunition and 25-pound practice bombs will be utilized at the Estonian Defence Forces' Central Training Area near Tapa. Training will take place on workdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and low-altitude flights will also be performed within the vicinity of the training ground. The Defense Forces will notify the public regarding low-altitude flights in other areas. The plan is for up to four Warthogs to be up in Estonian skies at oy one time.
The A10 Warthog, the USAF's primary low-altitude close air support craft, is known for its excelent maneuverability, massinve firepower, and relatively quiet engine.
The newly arrived aircraft are all from the USAF's 303rd Fighter Squadron, based in Whitmeman, Missouri,
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, the primary low-altitude close air support aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, is known for its excellent maneuverability, massive firepower and relatively quiet engine. The newly-arrived aircraft are from the U.S. Air Force's 303rd Fighter Squadron based at Whiteman Air Force Base in the state of Missouri.