’Gunfighters’ in Bohemia

For two weeks in June, six Texas Air National Guard F-16s flew with Czech Air Force fighters from Cáslav air base, 60 miles (96km) southeast of Prague in Central Bohemia. Alan Warnes was there.

Exercise Report

Sky Avenger 2018

Two Czech Air Force JAS 39Cs and a Texas ANG F-16C (an airframe borrowed from the Vermont ANG) make a fast pass over the áslav runway before breaking to land.
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A 212.taktická letka L-159 departs for a close air support mission. Two lucky L-159 pilots also had the chance to carry out some air combat training against the F-16s. Not surprisingly, both lost their battles.

The Sky Avenger 2018 manoeuvres saw F-16s training with Vzdušné síly Armády eské republiky (VzS A R, Air Component of the Army of the Czech Republic) JAS 39C/D Gripens and L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCAs), taking part in composite air operations (COMAOs) and local flying training work.

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