As per the decision to deploy some Royal Air Force men in Southwest Asia, around 150 men from RAF are being sent to Tucson for training for a period of one month.
Training is scheduled to start this week and the focus is believed to be operation of fighter aircrafts GR4 Tornados that are designed to fly at low levels at high supersonic speeds. Operation Snowbird, of which this 30 day training is a part of, takes place in Tucson at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and involves the 162nd fighter wing of Air National Guard. Major Gabe Johnson, who happens to be a spokesperson of the 162nd fighter wing, told the reporters that though the aircrafts will land and take off from the air force base called Davis-Monthan, major part of the training will be conducted in sparsely populated areas in ranges made in Southern Arizona.
The history of Operation Snowbird tells us that it began way back in the 70’s as a part to make available flying practice to pilots belonging to Northern States in the country. Thirty years later, this exercise became a continuous one with pilots and warplanes from allied nations being included. The best feature of training provided in this air force base is that units get to practice in conditions that they can expect to get when finally deployed in war zones. This is the reason why this training has been declared as ideal for air force men according to a news release by Air National Guard.