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Polish F-16s train in Greece

June 17, 2009 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Five Polish Air Force F-16s departed for Greece from the Krzesiny base, near Poznan for a Squadron Exchange exercise.

A PolAF F-16 receives fuel from a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 100th ARW during a NATO exercise near Poland on April 7th, 2009. [USAF photo by SSgt. Jerry Fleshman]

This is the fifth country in which Polish F-16s pilots will be perfecting their skills in large group maneuvers. The F-16s need less than two hours to reach their destination in Greece.

Earlier this year and end of last year, similar air exercises were held respectively in Belgium and Denmark.

This year's Greek maneuvers include assignments in simulated attacks on ground targets. The exercises include missions in which the crews will be divided into friend and foe groups.

For the past week, a team of six Polish F-16s has been taking part in a training mission in Sweden.

The Polish Air Force has 32 F-16s jets stationed at Krzesiny Air Base.

Additional images:

PolAF F-16D block 52 #4082 from 6 elt seen taxiing at Poznan-Krzesiny AB on November 28th, 2007. [Polish MND photo]

PolAF F-16C block 52 #4055 from 6 elt is seen during a TLP exercise for the first time on January 29th, 2009. [Photo by Janssens Ronny]