On August 17th, 2020 Israeli Airforce put their boots on Germen ground. For two weeks, Israeli AF F-16C/D “Barak” fighter jets will color Germany’s skies in blue and white in the first-ever training exercise of its kind. The Blue Wings 2020 exercise is the only international exercise that the Israeli AF is conducting this year. The exercise is being held to continue enhancing the Israeli AF’s capabilities, maintain its readiness to face various scenarios, and to continue strengthening its bonds and cooperation with allied air forces.
As part of the exercise, six F-16C/D “Barak” fighter jets, two KC-707 “Re’em” tanker aircraft, and two Gulfstream “Nachshon” aircraft landed at Nörvenich airbase today. The aircrew members will train in a two-week outline and drill various aerial scenarios alongside NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries as part of the “MAG (Multinational Air Group) Days” exercise – an international event that takes place four times a year. During the exercise, the Israeli AF will drill dogfights, ground-to-air combat, handling surface-to-air missile threats, and other combat scenarios in enemy territory. The exercise is an opportunity to fly tactically and face a wide variety of threats using advanced technology, and to execute quality aerial training in an unfamiliar arena.
On Tuesday, August 18th, 2020, a “Remembrance for Future Promise” fly-by will take place – a joint fly-by, led by an Israeli AF Gulfstream G550 with F-16 fighter jets and two German AF EF2000 jets, will fly by the Dachau concentration camp, in memory of the Holocaust victims and above the Fürstenfeldbruck Airport close to Munich, in memory of the 11 Israeli Olympic delegation members that were murdered in the 1972 Olympics terrorist attack. After the fly-by, an official memorial ceremony at the Dachau concentration camp will be held. The ceremony will be attended by the German Federal Minister of Defense, Mrs. Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, the Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Jeremy Issacharoff, the Commanders of both Air Forces and other dignitaries.