Look out for low-flying Warthogs

Latvia's defense ministry warned Friday that NATO aircraft participating in training exercises would soon start low-level flights and asked the public not to be alarmed by the prospect.

From June 8 military aircraft will conduct low-level flights outside their usual trianing areas for the first time, a move that is "necessary in order to maintain the qualification of pilots and relevant abilities required for combat," a statement said.

"The first low-level flights in Latvian airspace will be performed by US A-10 "Thunderbolt II aircraft which in February this year were sent to Europe under the Operations Atlantic Resolve program," the information adds.

The A-10 is sometimes known as the "Warthog" for its rugged looks or the "Tankbuster" and several are currently deployed at the Amari base in Estonia. 

Low-level flights will only take place at previously agreed dates and times, with full information available at the National Armed Forces website here.

Local governments have already been informed about the flights in seven districts Rūjiena, Smiltene, Aluksne - Gulbene, Balvi - Vilani, Madona - Plavinas, Jēkabpils and Preiļi - Līvāni.

The Armed Forces pointed out that all regulations will be followed and the flights pose no threat... unless you're in a tank.

If you'd like to see exactly what to look out for here's the A-10 and its incredible gun is below:
 

 

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