French, Dutch and Polish fighters on Baltic Air Policing mission

Spectacular images of F-35, Rafale, F-16 and MiG-29 flying together in Poland

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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.


Photos: NATO.

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