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Apr 7 2021

Video: The Falconer - How birds help NATO's Air Policing mission


Wild birds on air bases pose a big risk to aircraft. If they fly into an engine in what is known as a ‘bird strike’, an aircraft could be severely damaged. For that reason air bases need to be kept clear of wild birds. 

At Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania -- home to fighter jets that fly NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission -- Polish Falconer Michał Bień along with his falcons and hawks, is the man who keeps the wild birds away.

Video by NATO HQ

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