: Watch: US attack aircraft land on Estonian highway
Politics15:32 Aug. 4, 2016

Watch: US attack aircraft land on Estonian highway

US A-10s are temporarily stationed at Ämari Air Base as part of NATO Baltic Air Policing patrols

It's an unusual sight to see US attack jets landing on a highway. That's what happened on a road in Estonia with A-10s from a unit based in Missouri when US attack jets have practised landing on an isolated highway for the first time since 1984.

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Four Air Force A-10 aircraft are temporarily stationed at Ämari Air Base in Estonia as part of  NATO Baltic Air Policing patrol

"It's a unique capability that only that airplane can do on these short narrow runways – austere landing surfaces. Because of the wide tyres and the engines that are mounted high to avoid foreign object damage, we can successfully operate on alternative landing strips perhaps if a scenario drove that and our primary runways were not available," Colonel Greg Eckfeld, 442nd Fighter Wing vice commander commented on the training exercise.

"Recently we've begun operating in Estonia to solidify our partnership, our relationship with the Estonian military and to get used to operating together. It allows our pilots to fly in Estonia and Latvia, to get used to the geography, the countryside and we want to be an important part of NATO to support Estonia," he added.

Video and report provided by NATOCHANNEL.TV

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