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Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:48 pm
by ThierryD
Hi all,

I was wondering whether someone could give some info or hints on where/when to spot A-10 Thunderbolts?
Any active Hog bases where spotting is allowed? Any airshows in 2015 with Hog flying displays?

Any info is welcome.

Cheers,

Thierry

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:16 pm
by ghajdufi

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:54 pm
by NZ107
Tucson - saw one A2A out of Davis-Monthan (the AFB next to the huge PIMA boneyard).. Don't know how accessible the area is though..

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:00 pm
by petertenthije
You're lucky as there are now a bunch of them on Spangdahlem. They will probably fly on wednesday and thursday, but of course you can never be certain with military movements.

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:06 pm
by ThierryD
Thanks Gabor, but I guess they are not regular visitors there.  
Also thanks NIcholas. Don't know if I'll get near Arizona anytime this year but I'll keep it in mind.  
@Peter: do you know if there are any remotely reliable movement info anywhere on this and where would it be allowed to spot in around Spangdahlem (resp. what's the best spot?)

Cheers,

Thierry

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:48 am
by Stealthz
Quoting ThierryD (Reply 4):
Thanks Gabor, but I guess they are not regular visitors there.

Might be more regular than expected..
http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/a...hlem-for-6-month-rotation-1.328944

Cheers

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:08 pm
by ptrjong
Not in AMS, unless there are more engine malfunctions.  

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:19 am
by ThierryD
Thanks Chris, but I don't think they'll regularly pass through AMS.

Spangdahlem would be an option; could anybody give hints on photographing there?

Also if anybody knows of A-10s displaying at an airshow in Europe, the States or elsewhere, any heads up would be much appreciated.

Cheers,

Thierry

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:32 am
by Stealthz
Apologies Thierry, didn't realise you were referring to AMS.

Regards
Chris

PS.(and OT). looking at this made me realise how little of my 6 weeks in Europe in April May will be spent near Airports or planes!!

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:30 am
by ThierryD
No worries, Chris!
Will try Spangdahlem if I have some time and check out if some airshow in the States might have a Hog display.

Thierry

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:54 pm
by sovietjet
Currently the A-10 is not scheduled to have any airshow appearances, at least as a flying display. There are many bases that have A-10s. I think the best would be Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. There are local A-10s and a whole lot of other things from helicopters to F-35s. And the base is easy to spot at.

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:17 am
by ptrjong
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@Peter: do you know if there are any remotely reliable movement info anywhere on this and where would it be allowed to spot in around Spangdahlem (resp. what's the best spot?)

Hi Thierry,

I think it's allowed. According to my Scramble paper guide, you can only photograph approaches. On the western side it's fairly obvious where you need to go: the north-south stretch of rthe No 60 road south of Spangdahlem village. There are little side roads near the approach. For the eastern side you need to walk 1.2 km or so, continuing on a path from the northern end of Saalholzstrasse in Binsfeld.

The visitor at AMS has now left by the way.

Peter 

RE: Spotting A-10 Warthogs

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:09 am
by ThierryD
Thanks Ivan and Peter, the hints are much appreciated.  

Cheers,

Thierry