September 9, 2004 (by Anonymous) - Turkey is currently hosting NATO's live-flying exercise NATO Air Meet 04. It is taking place from 04 untill 16 September 2004, with live flying between 06-10 and 13-16 September 2004.
PoAF F-16A block 15 #15108 coming in at Konya AB for attending the NATO Air Meet held there in September 2004. [Photo by Emin Fýndýklý
The exercise involves F-16 Fighting Falcons from Belgium
(349 Sqn), Denmark
(730 Sqn), Greece
(330 Sqn), Portugal
), the Netherlands
(313 Sqn), Norway
(331 Sqn), Turkey
(192 Filo), and the United States of America (22 FS).
Other participating nations are Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy
, Romania and the United Kingdom; and as observing nations Estonia and Lithuania.
Participating aircraft will operate from 3rd Main Jet Base (MJB) Konya and from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
NAM 04 is designed to exercise air forces in tactical air operations. It will focus on practicing and evaluating tactics for the use of composite air operations, with emphasis on the suppression of enemy air defences and electronic warfare. It will also serve to maximise the exchange of ideas, and promote mutual understanding, confidence and co-operation between participating air forces.
The exercise area is limited to Turkey and involves more than 100 different aircraft, including tanker and airborne early warning aircraft and ground-based air defence systems.
There is no flying on weekends, nor during nighttime.