Leading from the front

Giovanni Colla profiles NATO’s final Tactical Leadership Programme flying course of 2016, held at Albacete, Spain.


F/A-18A+ C.15-87 from Ala 46 at Gando is one of the 24 surplus US Navy Hornets delivered to Spain in 1999 and locally referred to as F/A-18CX. It served with the USN as BuNo 161950.

AIRCRAFT FROM the UK, Poland, Italy, Belgium and France joined fighters from host nation Spain at the last flying course of the 2016 Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). Thirty aircraft were divided between Blue Air and Red Air at the exercise, held between November 7 and December 2.

Spain provided EF-18 Hornets drawn from Ala 12 at Torrejón, Ala 15 at Zaragoza and Ala 46 at Gando, plus Eurofighters from Ala 11 at Morón and the Albacete-based Ala 14. It also supplied a Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft from 47 Grupo Mixto at Torrejón.

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