|TuAF F-16s at the Konya Air Base during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise. |
Anatolian Eagle is one of the largest and most complex joint air force exercises in the world, paralleled only
by Red Flag, held periodically at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base, and the annual Maple Flag exercise in
Canada. The Turkish Air Force (TUAF) is now preparing for the multinational leg of the next Anatolian Eagle, scheduled to take place September 12-23. Anatolian Eagle has obvious public relations value for Turkey and its air force as hosts of the event. Moreover, as an exercise mimicking realistic aerial war minutes away from the U.S. forces, it also serves as an important component of U.S.-Turkish military cooperation.