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Czech Gripen Fighters Deploy to Iceland

On Thursday, September 29, shortly after half past eleven, the first three JAS-39 Gripen fighters took off from their home base, 21st Tactical Air Force Base in Caslav, on their way to Iceland, followed about half an hour later by another two fighters. The last one landed at Keflavík airport at 18.11 pm. Czech time. Most of this third task force flew to Iceland as early as Sunday, 25 September 2016. The four supersonic aircraft (the fifth is redundant, for back-up) are deployed on the island from next week to guard the Allied nation’s airspace, as it does not have any armed forces. On the way, the Czech Gripen fighters were accompanied by a KC-135 tanker from the US Air Force. "In the area intended for in-flight refueling, the weather was not appropriate, mainly because of strong turbulence which does not allow for the safe execution of the procedure. After consultation wi...

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