F-16 painted in the style of the Danish flag intercepts Russian aircraft
Flying the flag! Russian military aircraft is intercepted for Denmark … by F-16 painted in the style of the Danish flag
- The jet was painted red and white to mark 800 years of the Danish flag, which was adopted in 1219
- It was put into action on Monday to confront a Russian espionage plane that had strayed close to Danish airspace
- The Army of Denmark said: "It is rare that we take such great pictures & # 39; s because it published photos of the operation
A Russian military aircraft that strayed close to Denmark's airspace was intercepted by a special F-16 fighter jet painted in the colors of the Danish flag.
The fighter plane was painted red and white to mark 800 years of the Danish flag, which was adopted in 1219.
The aircraft, numbered E-191, has already traveled through Denmark for commemorative missions, but on Monday it was one of the aircraft put into action to confront the Russian aircraft.
Danish colors: a Danish F-16 fighter jet (top right) painted in the colors of the flag of Denmark – to celebrate 800 years since it was adopted – helps to intercept a Russian IL-20M spy plane (bottom left) in an operation on Monday. The plane has already traveled through Denmark for commemorative missions to celebrate the anniversary
In pursuit: the Danish aircraft, usually painted red but with a striking white cross in the center and on the wings, has the number & # 39; 800 & # 39; painted on his tail fin to commemorate eight centuries of the Danish flag, and his code name E-191 painted on the fuselage, joins the operation to keep the somewhat less colorful Russian aircraft out of Danish airspace on Monday
Photos of the operation showed the F-16 as it flew right past the Russian plane, usually painted in red but with the striking white cross in the center and on its wings.
& # 39; The flight was a routine task, but it is rare that we get such great pictures, so you must have them, & # 39; said the Danish army when they published the photos.
The aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin will continue to carry the special livery for the rest of its life, although it will not be used for international operations.
The less colorful Russian jet, a reconnaissance aircraft from the Soviet era IL-20M, did not enter the Danish airspace.
From above: The Russian fighter jet, an IL-20M espionage aircraft from the Soviet era, did not enter Danish airspace after it was intercepted by Danish aircraft, including the repainted F-16 (shown at the bottom of this photo). The Russian aircraft is referred to by NATO as Coot-A
Commemoration: an enlargement of the Danish aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin and painted in special colors this year. The jet fighter will carry the special livery for the rest of his life, although he will not be used abroad
Danish soldiers published these photos of the F-16 jet (right) that confronted the much larger Russian aircraft (left) on Tuesday, saying that the operation was a & # 39; routine task & # 39; was for the Danish Air Force, but added that it was rare to get such great pictures & # 39; s & # 39;
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