This is next time we visit the air base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Siauliai, knowing that any visit was preceded by a large preparations and required a number of approvals and formalities. This place serves as the main base for the country commanding the chairman of the NATO mission – Baltic Air Policing. These are not planned exercise, but a real military mission, whose main task is to defend the eastern flank of NATO.
We are on board of Lithuanian Air Force transport plane C-27J Spartan, which is flying over Lithuania. Whether is not good – low visibility, full cloud coverage with the highest layer at 22 000 ft and lowest at 800 ft. Luckily we are able to find a gap in layers at the altitude of 4000-6000 ft – these are not perfect conditions for flying, the amount of light is quite small, but it is enough to make a formation flight with hungarian JAS-39 Gripen fighters.
Thanks to the great cooperation with the Lithuanian Air Force and the Hungarian Air Force we have the opportunity to take unique photos Air-to-Air of fighters over the clouds during the Baltic Air Policing mission. Cooperation with the pilots is going well, as can be seen in the pictures below. Have a look at the report!
Many thanks to the Public Affairs of the Lithuanian Air Force and the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence for allowing us to cover the BAP mission. We would also like to thank Canon Poland and Proclub for technical support.
Our partners during photoshoot were: