May 13, 2022
A day after Finnish leaders announced plans to seek Nato membership, a United States KC-135 Stratotanker flew the length of the country with the intention of refuelling four US military planes in Finnish airspace.
The refuelling plane set off from RAF Mildenhall airbase in southeast England and flew along the Norwegian coast before heading east toward Finnish Lapland.
The Finnish Defence Forces were tight-lipped about the symbolic visit of the planes in Finnish airspace….
According to the US Air Force, A10 attack aircraft are designed to provide close support to ground forces against various targets such as tanks. These planes did not show up on the aviation tracking site Flightradar.
In December, Finland decided to buy 64 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
Also on Friday, about 20 US soldiers began participating in exercises with the Utti Jaeger Regiment in southeastern Finland.
The bilateral Finnish-American exercise is to run until 5 June. It’s aimed at boosting the ability of Finnish special forces to work with international partners.
The US troops are taking part in training activities in Kouvola and elsewhere in southern Finland.