A-10C from Spangdahlem, Germany. In the cockpit the USAF A-10 West Demo Team Pilot (West Coast USA). Taken at RAF Fairford in July 2011
Both A-10 East and A-10 West, have been grounded in 2012 along with Viper East and Viper West and F-15E solo demonstration teams.
Air Combat Command are sponsoring one team in 2012 – the F-22 ‘Raptor’.
In reducing the number of solo demonstration teams, they say it allows them to reallocate in excess of 900 sorties to maximise flying hours for combat readiness. The reallocation will provide an increase of more than 25 combat ready pilots.