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11 NATO Members Form Coalition to Train Ukrainian Pilots To Fly F-16s

Denmark, the Netherlands and nine other European countries, acting with U.S. approval, have established a coalition to train Ukrainian pilots to use F-16 fighter jets, and a school will be set up in Romania to instruct them, government ministers said at a NATO summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on Tuesday.

The coalition is part of efforts by Ukraine’s allies to enable the country to speed the advanced jets into service if the United States, which makes the aircraft, authorizes their delivery.

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[ Editor’s Note: Lots of retired F-16 pilots from a number of nations have been chomping at the bit to get back into the fight… We may very well see western contractors in the cockpits.

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