FINNISH HORNETS ON THE ROAD

During the last week of September 2016, the Finnish Air Force conducted the ‘Baana 16’ maneuvers, a road-base exercise involving aircraft operating from public highways in southern Finland.

Finnish Hornet operations at the Lusi road base, in typical fall color

THE ‘BAANA 16’ exercise was conducted on the highway in Lusi near Heinola, some 150km (93 miles) north-east of the Finnish capital, Helsinki. The Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force) conducted the event under the leadership of the Karjalan Lennosto (Karelia Wing), home-based at Kuopio- Rissala and equipped with Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters, operated by Hävittäjälentolaivue 31 (HävLLv 31, Fighter Squadron 31). The ‘Baana 16’ exercise commander was Col Jari Mikkonen, commander of the Karelia Wing.

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