RAF Marham, Norfolk, England 19th October – 5th November 2020 Report by Peter Davison and Colin Coulthard With Europe starved of international airshows and the skies above sadly depleted as airlines suffer unprecedented drops in custom, it was good news to hear that exercise Crimson Warrior was to proceed as planned. Crimson Warrior will see RAF, Royal Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force fast jets, multi-engine aircraft and helicopters operating from a number of RAF stations across the country.
Andravida Air Base, Greece 12th-23rd March 2018 Report by Peter Gregory What appears to have been the fourth of the International Iniochos Exercises took place at Hellenic Air Base, Andovida during March of 2018. A press day was arranged for the 20th March with participation from across Europe with over 140 representatives in attendance.
Tactical Leadership Programme 2018-1 Albacete Los-Llanos airbase Spain 29/1 - 23/2/2018 This multinational NATO programme is normally held four times a year. It was initially at Jever in Germany in 1979 before transferring to Florennes, Belgium in 1989. The need for more vigorous missions, night time operations and the lure of better weather forced the move south to Albacete in 2009.
Base Aeronavale Landivisiau, Brittany, France 5th -16th June 2017 Report by Peter Davison Every year the NATO Tiger Squadrons, those with a cat image in their Squadron Insignia, gather together to exercise and share their operations. This year it was the turn of 11 F, home of the French Naval fleet of Dassault Rafales. As usual, a spotters day was held each week.
Konya Air Base, Turkey 30 May - 10 June 2016 Report by Peter Davison and Peter Gregory International military exercises are intended to foster cooperation and improve compatibility between Nations. Exercise Anatolian Eagle, held annually in southern Turkey not only achieves this but also fosters good relations between the Turkish military and international photographers and aviation enthusiasts.
Konya Air Base, Turkey, 8-19 June 2015 Report by Aidan Curley After visiting the US for many years since the 1980s to observe and sometimes participate in Red Flag exercises, the Turkish Air Force formulated a plan to organise a similar set of exercises closer to home with the aim to become one of the most prestigious Tactical Training Centres in the world.
Elmendorf and Eielson AFB, Alaska, USA, 30/4-15/5 2015 Report by Aidan Curley Three times a year Red Flag Alaska (RFA) military exercises are held at the two main bases of Eielson and Elmendorf-Richardson just outside Fairbanks and Anchorage respectively. Originally named Cope Thunder, the Pacific Air Forces sponsored exercise was moved to Eielson from Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1992 after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 forced the curtailment of operations. Cope Thunder was re-designated Red Flag Alaska in 2006.