Finnish Air Force chief visits Israel

Finnish Air Force commander visits Israel for the first time, touring the Ramat David airbase

Date: 19/01/2012, 11:15 AM     Author: Yael Livnat

Lt. Gen. Jarmo Lindberg, commander of the Finnish Air Force, arrived this week with a delegation from his country to visit the Ramat David airbase. This marked the first time a Finnish Air Force chief visited Israel.

Delegation members were given a detailed briefing on the base and its operations. Later, Lt. Gen. Lindberg donned green IAF flight overalls and joined a pilot from the base for a flight in an F-16.

“This visit is very important to us,” said Ramat David base commander, Col. Nir. “This is an opportunity to establish cooperation with a friendly country.”

“In fact, the spotlight on our capabilities is beneficial for the nation, because it exposes the challenges we face while revealing the Israeli Air Force’s impressive capabilities,” he continued.

The delegation visited a room displaying the base’s unique heritage and history. The base was used by the British during the Mandate period.  The delegation also watched a film about the IAFs operations and activities in Israel’s wars and another film about the flyover Israel conducted over the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.