The Slovenia Times

Slovenia Observes Military Aviation Day


The ceremony at the Cerklje ob Krki air base will be addressed by Chief of the General Staff, Maj-Gen Andrej Osterman and will also feature an overflight by 15th Wing aircraft.

The unit numbers over 600 members, including dozens of aircraft and helicopter pilots, who clock in several thousand hours of flights a year on 16 helicopters and 25 aircraft.

The 15th Wing comprises the 16th Control and Reporting Centre, 107th Air Base, 151st Rotary Wing Squadron, 152nd Fixed Wing Squadron, 153rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the Flight School.

Visiting the unit on Friday, Defence Minister Janko Veber established the 15th Wing comprised of well trained and reliable personnel.

Aside from representing air fire power, the 15th Wing also provides air transport and VIP transportation as it also includes the government Falcon jet. It has been especially active with its Pilatus PC-9m.

Slovenia observes Military Aviation Day in memory of 12 January 1919 when two Ljubljana pilots made a reconnaissance flight to Carinthia and machine-gunned Austrian positions in the combat to secure what later became Slovenia's northern border.

The aviation units of Ljubljana and Maribor were set up in December 1918, and they operated under the wing of units of General Rudolf Maister (1874-1934). They featured Austro-Hungarian air force pilots.


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