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.

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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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