Safe Skies 2011 Continues

Posted 22 July 2011
Photo by MSgt. James D. Berg

Two US F-16 pilots from the 187th Fighter Wing, the Alabama Air National Guard unit in Montgomery, fly in formation with two Ukraine Su-27 pilots over Mirgorod AB, Ukraine, on 22 July 2011, during Safe Skies 2011. During the exercise, US Air National Guard pilots fly engagements with Ukrainian Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters as well as Polish F-16s on air sovereignty operations in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, This overall goal of the exercise is to promote and enhance multinational cooperation in promoting airspace security. Safe Skies 2011 runs through the end of July.