How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway?
Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan.
By having A-10s land at the runway and take off for night operations, the U.S. is showing its NATO allies that it can deploy aircraft anywhere, even in the middle of nowhere. The planes are among 12 A-10s that are on a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland.
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