NATO Fighter Jets to Make Low-Altitude Flights Over Estonia
The skies above parts of the country could get noisy on Wednesday and Thursday as French Mirage F-1 fighter jets conduct low-altitude training exercises as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission.
The flights should be no lower than 152 meters and will mainly be over the sea or sparsely populated areas, the Defense Forces said in a statement. However, some isolated villages and farms may end up being buzzed, it said.
Wednesday morning saw the first series of flights, taking place in central, western and southern Estonia from 09:50 to 10:50. The two remaining exercises are due to take place over central, western and northern Estonia from 13:40 to 14:40 Wednesday, and over central and southern and Estonia from 13:45 to 14:30 on Thursday.
The Defense Forces has asked for understanding from any residents who may be affected.
NATO's Baltic air policing mission began in 2004, and is conducted by other NATO members on a rotating basis with French forces currently presiding. The jets are stationed in Lithuania's Šiauliai air base.