We Went To Los Llanos Air Base For Tactical Leadership Programme 2021 -4
The Aviationist was welcomed to the media day of the last Tactical Leadership Programme Flying Course of 2021 kept in Los Llanos Air Base in Albacete, Spain. And here’s what we found out there.
The last TLP’s Flying Course of the year, FC 2021 -4, began on Nov. 15 and ended on Friday, Dec. 3,2021 The 3-week course, saw the involvement of a variety of airplane, consisting of the Italian Air Force F-2000 and Italian Navy AV-8B+ Harrier II, the French Air Force Mirage 2000 D and 2000 -5 F, German Air Force Tornado IDS and ECR in addition to Eurofighters, the Spanish EF-18- M and the Hellenic Air Force F-16 Cs. As typical, the FC was likewise supported by a specific variety of other properties, such as the NATO E-3 AWACS, which offered Airborne Early Warning and Airspace Management and Control to the bundles associated with the different objectives, in addition to the GFD Learjet 35, associated with EW (Electronic Warfare) training sorties.
Dealing with the rotary wing, an SH-60 from the Spanish Navy and an NH-90 from the48 th Wing, both with their matching EZAPAC( Escuadrón de Zapadores Paracaidistas) extraction devices, were likewise associated with particular objectives of the course.
Our factors David Parody and Alessandro Fucito participated in the TLP FC21-4 media day on Dec. 1,2021, and took the images you can discover in this post.
Overall, an overall of around 1,000 individuals participated in the TLP’s FC:47of these were graduate of the course (consisting of36 pilots, 6 intel officers and 5 air traffic controllers).
This course saw some actually intriguing along with rather uncommon individuals in the kind of F-35 B of the U.S. Marine Corps and the RAF.
Although not the very first time that F-35 s have actually participated in TLP( very first took place in2018, when the TLP FC was held at Amendola Air Base, Italy) it was the very first time that provider based and from another location situated F-35 s did. The jets were amongst the 8 F-35 B of the RAF617 VMFA-211Wake Island Avengers, based at MCAS( Marine Corps Air Station) Yuma, Arizona. HMSQE is on her method back to the UK from a28- week release– called CSG21(Carrier Strike Group2021)– that brought the British carrier to the struggling waters of the Indo-Pacific area as the flagship of the biggest marine and air job force under British command considering that the Falklands war As you will most likely keep in mind, aBritish F-35 B embarked aboard the HMSQE crashed off the providerafter a stopped working launch on Nov.17,2021
The F – 35 s had actually disembarked from the QE and landed in NAS Rota, in Southern Spain prior to returning back to the U.S. The Marine Corps F – 35 s took part in the TLP on one day with 4 sorties based from Rota, to where they returned.
The RAF/RN F – 35 s was because of take part the following day however bad weather condition and hold-ups to the start of the day’s workout saw them not able to physically participate. This was made up through the usage of the MACE simulator which has actually just recently been set up at Los Llanos air base. Preparation for occasion was likewise hindered by interaction problems in between the base and provider as the latter was out in the Mediterranean and steady comms was showing difficult.
Commandants discussed that the base has actually seen a variety of facilities enhancements that will allow more F – 35 s to release to TLP in the years to come as both the variety of airframes increase as will do the taking part countries obtaining the airframe. Among the crucial pillars of the TLP is the combination of 4th and 5th generation airplane and innovations and with numerous aging airplane types at this TLP, this would certainly be a significant obstacle.
The Aviationist want to thank Virginia García, PA to the TLP, Manfred Reudenbach, Public Affairs Officer at NATO Allied Air Command, and all the TLP group for the assistance offered to our factors at Los Llanos Air Base, previously and throughout the FC 21 -4.
David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most well-known and check out military air travel blog sites. Considering That 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and numerous others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal offense and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of battle aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 4 books.
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