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Unusual Falcon

29 June 2016
A Polish air force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxis to the runway May 13, 2013, at Lask Air Base, Poland, to depart on a training mission with U.S. Air Force F-16s. Nearly 100 U.S. Airmen with the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard traveled to the base for a two-week deployment in support of Poland Aviation Detachment, rotation 13-2. Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group, the first permanent U.S. military presence in Poland, supported Poland's continued defense modernization and standardization with the U.S. and NATO. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenya Shiloh, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A Polish Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft taxis at Lask Air Base, Poland (note the conformal fuel tank on the side of the fuselage above the wing as well as the dorsal rectangular section added atop the fuselage)—DoD photo by Tech Sgt Kenya Shiloh

4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    29 June 2016 14:25

    Making sure that the Polish Air Force has up to date and reliable weapons should be a prime goal of U.S strategic thinking in Eastern Europe. They are fierce defenders of their homeland, and that of their allies, too (See their incredible record in the Battle of Britain!)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 July 2016 07:02

      I agree, Poland has not been properly addressed in the western press.

  2. 1 July 2016 02:12

    Back in the mid-80s my wife needed surgery on her ear for vertigo. We went to a famous ENT clinic in Memphis, TN. The evening before the surgery, we were escorted into the small office of the anesthesiologist. A short, somewhat portly man, he had a distinct Polish accent. His name on the door was mostly consonants, and totally unpronounceable to this English speaker. He explained the medical procedure to my wife (an RN) and had her sign some forms.

    On the wall behind his desk was a number of pictures of various planes, but mostly Mig-15 aircraft. A handsome young man, obviously a youthful version of the aging doctor, was standing on the wing, or sitting in the cockpit in several of the pictures. There was a model of a Mig-15 in Polish markings on the shelf behind his desk. After he was done with his medical consultation with my wife, I asked about the pictures, and sure enough, he had been a fighter pilot in Poland during the 1950s.

    I made the social gaffe of asking him if he had flown in Korea. He replied, indignantly, that he was Polish, not Russian. We had a laugh about that. Obviously, no love lost.

    Our office visit was supposed to be for about fifteen minutes, but ended up lasting close to an hour. As they say, get two pilots together…..

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      2 July 2016 08:06

      So nice to hear. I’ve read about the lack of ergonomics in the MiG 15 but I’m sure your friend would say a fighter you have is better than the one you don’t have 🙂

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