Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Turkish Air Force Performs Mock Bombing Run on Greek Island

DefenceNet reports that today 4 Turkish Air Force F-4E Terminator 2020 attack fighters overflew Farmakonisi Island at a height of 2,000 meters. The aircraft were clearly visible from the island’s military outposts and the sound of their engines caused commotion.

The 4 aircraft entered the Athens FIR with 4 F-16 escort aircraft at 09:51 north of Samos Island. At 10:11 the attack aircraft broke off form their formation and headed south towards Farmakonisi. As they approached the island they lowered their altitude, performed a mock bombing run and then joined their escort aircraft and headed towards the Anatolian Coast.

Four Greek F-16 aircraft were in the area and intercepted and identified the Turkish aircraft.

This is the first time after Prime Minister Papandreou accepted to enter into a dialogue with Turkey regarding the Aegean that Turkish aircraft perform an over flight of Greek soil.

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