30 Jun '16, 7am

[email protected] Builds New Ties with Hungary for C-17 Training.

.@RoyalAirForce Builds New Ties with Hungary for C-17 Training.

The UK’s Ambassador to Hungary has praised strong ties between the UK and NATO allies Hungary, following the Royal Air Force’s first ever deployment of a C-17 strategic transport aircraft to the country for night flying training. The 99 Squadron C-17, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, deployed on 20 June to conduct night vision goggle training at the Hungarian Air Force’s specialist C-17 airbase, Pápa. A Saab Gripen fighter from the HAF’s 59/1 ‘Puma’ Squadron escorted the C-17 during its first day of training to welcome the RAF to Hungary. Pápa Airbase is home to the Heavy Airlift Wing, an alliance of 12 countries that use the C-17 for long-range heavy airlift. As a dedicated C-17 base, Pápa has a number of facilities designed to train aircrew to fly the aircraft in the most demanding conditions, including night operations and assault landings. 99 Squadron’s deploy...

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