Czech Gripens at home in Iceland

For the second time in just one year, Czech Air Force Saab Gripens and their crews made themselves at home in Iceland recently. Flying from Keflavik airbase, they provided Iceland with a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA). The deployment began on 23 July and ended on Friday 28 August with 90 sorties and some 150 hours in the air chalked up. An impression in pics.

Support on the way over was once again provided by an Italian Air Force Boeing KC-767. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Support on the way over was once again provided by an Italian Air Force Boeing KC-767. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Iceland... isn't known for its perfect weather by any standards. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Iceland… isn’t known for its perfect weather by any standards. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Although at times the sun did it make an appearance. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Although at times the sun did it make an appearance. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Two Gripens over an Icelandic postcard. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Two Gripens over an Icelandic postcard. (Image © 21st TAFB)
More postcard stuff, this time provided by the setting sun. (Image © 21st TAFB)
More postcard stuff, this time provided by the setting sun. (Image © 21st TAFB)
A view from the office. (Image © 21st TAFB)
A view from the office. (Image © 21st TAFB)
A moody shot of this Gripen at Keflavik. (Image © 21st TAFB)
A moody shot of this Gripen at Keflavik. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Striking a pose. (Image © 21st TAFB)
Striking a pose. (Image © 21st TAFB)