NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) missions continue, due to Russian flights in the area violating international standards.
In addition to monitoring the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, these missions also serve to reinforce Poland's air defense. Currently, these missions are carried out by three countries: the United Kingdom (with four Eurofighter Typhoons in Ämari, Estonia), the Netherlands (with eight F-35A Lightning II in Malbork, Poland) and France (with four Dassault Rafale in Šiauliai, Lithuania).
Today NATO released a series of photos of the flight in formation made by Dutch F-35 and French Rafael fighters along with Polish F-16s and MiG-29s over Poland, a flight that several well-known spotters have had the opportunity to photograph from a transport plane.
Two F-35As of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) together with two Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB two-seaters of the Polish Air Force (SP, Siły Powietrzne). The Dutch aircraft are the F-014 and the F-017, both from the RNLAF 322 Squadron. The Polish aircraft are 4110 and the 41st Tactical Air Squadron of the SP.
A Dutch F-35A with its weapons bays open, showing two AIM-120C AMRAAM medium-range air-to-air missiles. In the background we see an F-16 of the Polish Air Force.
A Dutch F-35A over Poland, with condensation trails coming off its wingtips.
Another image of the two Dutch F-35As and the two Polish MiG-29UBs. One of the Polish fighters has a large emblem alluding to his unit, the 41st Tactical Air Squadron, on the fuselage.
A Dutch pilot displaying his mission patch from the cockpit of his F-35A. On the instrument panel he carries the national flag of his country folded.
A Polish F-16 accompanying the two Dutch F-35As, over the extensive forests of northern Poland. The Malbork airbase, where the Dutch fighters are deployed, is about 58 km from the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
A Dutch F-35A and a Polish MiG-29UB flying together above the clouds.
The two Dutch F-35As accompanied by two French Rafaels.
A close-up of the two French Rafale, accompanied by a Dutch F-35A.
The two Dutch F-35As. Like the other F-35s, they carry their country's cockades in a low-visibility version.
The Dutch F-35A together with the French Rafale. The latter are the 30-GN and 30-GT, belonging to the 1/7 Provence Fighter Squadron.
The two Polish MiG-29UBs that participated in this formation flight. The closest plane carries a Polish flag above its pilot's instrument panel.
One of the Polish MiG-29 on the ground. Ten days ago Poland announced the delivery to Ukraine of 12 of its 29 fighters of this type.
The two Dutch F-35As with the Polish MiG-29UBs, in the image that heads this post.
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