For the first time in decades, US Air Force A-10 attack aircraft have practiced landing on highways, a tactic they originally developed in the 1980s for operations in Germany. This time, the exercise took place in Estonia. (EPB photo)
By: Wording OD
Michigan National Guard attack aircraft practiced landing on and taking off from the Jägala-Käravete Highway, a portion of the longer road known as Piibe Highway, in Northern Estonia on Monday. The maneuvers were conducted as a part of international military operation Saber Strike wherein pilots practiced operating in a region with few actual airstrips and where alternatives would have to suffice. At approximately 2 p.m. on June 20, four A-10 Warthogs from the Michigan National Guard arrived in the vicinity of the Jägala-Käravate Highway from Lielvārde Air Base, located southeast of the Latvian capital of Riga, reported ETV’s nightly news broadcast “Aktuaalne kaamera.” As it turned out, landing an attack aircraft on a highway was not exactly an everyday activity for the American pilots.