An F-15 Eagle takes on fuel in-flight during Icelandic Air Policing. Iceland does not have an air force, so in 2006, after Russian aircraft entered Icelandic airspace on several occasions they requested that their NATO allies assume the responsibility of protecting Iceland’s air space. NATO agreed to the request in 2007. But the Icelandic Government also requested that NATO not maintain a permanent force at Keflavik. So instead, an average of three deployments are made per year, with each lasting from two to three weeks. The countries that have sent aircraft so far… France, USA, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Canada, Portugal, and Italy. Future deployments are also scheduled from… Finland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.
Film Credit: A1C Amanda Sampson