Three USAF KC-135's, working Croughton Airways on 6750 and 9011
Deployment 'CORONET BANTAM'
This exercise covers the return flight of five A-10A's from Sembach, Germany to Davis-Monthan, AZ, deployed to Germany to trial the A-10A with the AGM-65 Maverick missile. Copied through Croughton Airways on 6750.
BILLY 11/12/13/14/15 departed Sembach 09:00, STN/Stornoway 10:39 blocking F220/230 60n 10w 13:21 61n 13w 13:46 LIMA 14:38 ETA Keflavik 15:06.
They were escorted into Iceland by BILLY 17, a HC-130
BILLY 12 developed a non-feeding left drop tank and had to divert to RAF Woodbridge, with alternates of RAF Lakenheath and RAF Bentwaters.
This flight was escorted by BILLY 10 (HC-130) who also had problems, when he declared an emergency over Scotland when a fire warning light lit on #2 engine (whilst working Highland Radar, on UHF). After discharging both fire bottles the light extinguished and the engine was shut-down. They felt that the problem was due to an electrical fault.
The USAF A-10A's were from 355th TFW and comprised 75-0281, 75-0286, 75-0285, 75-0287, 75-0290.
[Photo: A-10A 77-0287 at Sembach © unknown via Peter Greengrass collection]