Two 3(F) Squadron Typhoons deployed in Romania for NATO enhanced Air Policing as part of 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, took part in a flypast over Bucharest to recognise Romanian Aviation and Air Force Day.
The celebration, which takes place annually on 20th July at the Monument to the Heroes of the Air in Aviators’ Square, involved a flypast of RAF Typhoons alongside over twenty other aircraft including, Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons and variety of Romanian Air Force fast jet, multi-engine and rotary assets.
Wing Commander Dutch Holland, Commanding Officer 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, attended the event on behalf of the RAF detachment, which also saw the Romanian Defence Minister, Mr Vasile Dincu, and Romanian Chief of Defence, General Daniel Petrescu, in attendance alongside senior representatives from all three arms of the Romanian Armed Forces and Air Force veterans.
Officer Commanding 3 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Buchler was one of the Typhoon pilots involved in the flypast.
We’ve operated alongside our Romanian Air Force colleagues throughout our time in Romania so to be able to take part in the flypast over Aviators’ Square in Bucharest for Air Force Day was a real privilege and important for us to recognise aviators worldwide.
Flying as part of a display that included a variety of Romanian and Italian aircraft reaffirms the strength of the NATO alliance. We’re proud to have contributed towards that on Op BILOXI 22.
Wing Commander Buchler
Officer Commanding 3 (Fighter) Squadron