Exercise Anatolian Eagle

The 2023 multi national iteration of Exercise Anatolian Eagle (AE2023/2) took place at Konya Air Base in central Turkey in early May, with exercise missions being flown between Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 11th May. Chris Wood reports from central Turkey for GAR.

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Exercise Cobra Warrior 23-1

For three weeks in March, the skies over Lincolnshire, northern England and the North Sea reverberated to the sound of numerous jet fighters. Whilst this isn’t that unusual as half of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons are based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, between the 6th and 24th March there were additional aircraft adding to the noise. These aircraft were taking part in exercise Cobra Warrior 23-1, the largest exercise conducted by the RAF, which is designed to train crews in high intensity large force tactical air warfare. The exercise also formed the Mission Employment Phase of the RAF Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) course.

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US Army Chinooks at Lydd, April 2023

On Wednesday 5th April the skies around Lydd (London Ashford) Airport in Kent reverberated to the sound of some unusual visitors when a flight of six US Army Boeing CH-47F Chinooks passed through. Chris Wood was in the area and popped along for GAR.

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Military Aviation: The last F-15 Eagles in Europe have flown the nest

Since May 1977 the F-15 Eagle has been a familiar sight in European skies. Alas it is a sight that is now no more, with RAF Lakenheath’s 493rd Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘The Grim Reapers’ having being replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II with the newly reactivated 495th FS. Gareth Stringer takes a look at the history of the F-15 Eagle in Europe, with images from the GAR team. 

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