Baltic Air Policing
Hellenic Air Force


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Early July, a Turkish Air Force detachment arrived at the Malbork Air Base in Poland in support of NATO's Air Policing mission in the region. The task force consisted of four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 161st Squadron, supported by an 80-strong team. This is the second time the Turkish Air Force contributes fighters to NATO Air Policing in the region, and the first deployment to Malbork.

The 161st Squadron is based at the 6th Main Jet Base of Bandirma and operates the F-16C/D in both day and night missions. The recently applied tail art highlights the multi-role mission of the squadron. The Bat (Yarasalar) stands out for the night mission while the Eagle (Kartallar) highlights the day mission. The detachment to Malbork consisted of three F-16C single-seaters and one F-16D double-seater jet.

The squadron performed a Tango-Scramble and a slow mover interception training on our Skyvan. Afterwards the pilots joined our photoship for some breath-taking pictures over the Hel Peninsula and the Polish coastline. The day was mostly overcast but we were lucky to find some clear spots to get some nice pictures.

We would like to thank the Turkish Air Force and the Polish Air Force for their support in this awesome photoshoot. If you would like to join us and experience the thrills of Air-to-Air photography, simply send a short email to to receive all the information.


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