Polish Hercules and Fighting Falcon will present themselves at the NATO Days

20.07.2021, 07:55

The list of participants of this year's NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days is increasing with the newest addition of Poland, which will present the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Both aircraft will be accompanied by An-28, all the mentioned aircraft will be part of a static demonstration.

Poland, which became historically the first foreign participant at NATO Days during the first year in 2001, introduced a wide range of both aircraft and vehicles during these twenty years. Visitors had the opportunity to see impressive performances of F-16 aircraft but also MiG-29 or Su-22 or static demonstrations of the C-295 CASA, or An-28 or C-130. The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and the multi-purpose F-16 Fighting Falcon are returning to NATO Days after seven and three years, respectively, where they will complete the static exhibition. Antonov An-28 of the Polish Navy, on the other hand, is one of the aircraft that appears more frequently at NATO Days and has a strong place in the field of static demonstrations, where spectators could see it in 2019.

Change: F-16 and C-130 display was cancelled (13th Sptember 2021).

F-16 Fighting Falcon

"Except 2003, Poland and its armed forces presented themselves at all NATO Days, and without their representatives, it is difficult to imagine the event," comments Zbyněk Pavlačík, Chairman of Jagello 2000. "This year is also marked by returns, when the Polish C-130 Hercules will visit us for the second time, after seven long years," adds Pavlačík.

The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop transport aircraft capable of operating on unprepared and short strips and its main purpose is to transport units or material. During more than sixty years of operational deployment, more than forty versions have been developed, including modifications for direct fire support AC-130. Hercules is in the service of 14 states of the alliance but also states such as Gabon, Japan or Israel.

The single-engine multi-purpose aircraft F-16 Fighting Falcon can be found in air forces in more than 25 countries. Including 10 NATO members, and is, therefore, a traditional participant at NATO Days. F-16s were deployed to North Atlantic Alliance operations in the Balkans, including NATO's first-ever combat operation in Operation Denied Flight, missions in Afghanistan and Libya. They have also been involved in many conflicts in the Middle East and fighting during Operation Desert Storm.

The static demonstration will be complemented by the light transport aircraft An-28, which was manufactured under license by the company PZL Mielec and can be considered as a competition to the Czechoslovak aircraft Let L-410. At present, the Polish Armed Forces have about 38 pieces of An-28 aircraft.

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