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Ukrainian top guns train with NATO F-16 fighter jets

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”The moment you think of something, it turns.” Ukrainian pilots get to grips with the F-16 fighter jet, as they prepare to take to the skies over Ukraine.

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At an airbase in Denmark, the Danish Air Force has been training the
next generation of Ukrainian fighter pilots to fly the F-16 Fighting
Falcon.

A coalition of NATO Allies, including Belgium, Denmark, the
Netherlands and Norway, has agreed to donate their F-16s to the
Ukrainian Air Force. As part of the deal, Danish instructors at
Skrydstrup Air Base are training Ukrainian pilots, technicians and ground crew how to fly and maintain the F-16. The first jets will enter service later this year.

The Ukrainian pilots are full of praise for the F-16, noting its responsive controls and agile flight features.

The F-16 is an advanced multirole fighter, which will replace Ukraine’s aging fleet of MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-27 Flankers. Speedy, highly manoeuvrable and capable of carrying a wide range of ordnance, the F-16 will significantly strengthen Ukraine’s ability to continue defending its airspace and territory against Russia's war of aggression.

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TRANSCRIPT (AUDIO AND TEXT ON SCREEN)

—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH) —
‘Moonfish’ - F-16 pilot, Ukrainian Air Force

GRAPHIC: ‘MOONFISH’ - F-16 pilot, Ukrainian Air Force

‘It is really a super fun jet to fly.
I'm not saying that the MiG that I flew before is super boring but the F-16 is definitely more agile.

It easily moves. The moment you think of something, it turns.’


— TEXT ON SCREEN —

UKRAINIAN PILOTS HAVE
BEEN LEARNING TO FLY
THE F-16 FIGHTER JET
IN DENMARK

—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH) —
‘Moonfish’ - F-16 pilot, Ukrainian Air Force

I felt proud, not only for myself, but for the rest of the guys and that we are doing it now.

I know how much work has been done to have this opportunity.


— TEXT ON SCREEN —

DENMARK IS DONATING F-16s
TO UKRAINE

ALONG WITH NATO ALLIES BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS AND NORWAY

TO HELP UKRAINIAN PILOTS
CONTINUE DEFENDING THEIR
SKIES AND TERRITORY
FROM RUSSIAN AGGRESSION


—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH) —
MAJOR GENERAL JAN DAM,
Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force

GRAPHIC: MAJOR GENERAL JAN DAM,
Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force

it has been updated several times and actually, as it is right here, it's a very, very modern aircraft.

It's competitive with the best Western fighters.

And I'm sure that the Ukrainian Air Force will benefit from that.’

—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH) —
‘Moonfish’ - F-16 pilot, Ukrainian Air Force

‘The biggest boost here is the motivation to go back and keep fighting with new jets.’


—SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH) —
MAJOR GENERAL JAN DAM,
Chief of the Royal Danish Air Force

‘We are in this together and we have a lot
of sympathy with the Ukrainian people and we want to do whatever we can to help.’


END
Music
Stronger Instrumental – Cunningham Mcdonald
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NATO934460
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