The Romanian Aviation and Air Force Day brings to the memory of each one the Romanian airmen’s combat deeds, the memory of the heroes who died in the line of duty at the controls of the planes inscribed with the tricolor insignia, for the defence of the national being and for the freedom and safety of all, says Defence Minister Mihai Fifor.
”Romania was one of the first countries in the world to understand and exploit the potential of aviation both in civil and military terms and among internationally ranked personalities who through their inventions and avant-garde work contributed to the writing of the first pages of the fascinating history of the flight of humanity were also outstanding Romanian aviators, such as Traian Vuia, Aurel Vlaicu, or Henri Coanda. By its historical significance, the Romanian Aviation and the Air Force Day brings to our memory the deeds of the Romanian airmen, the memory of the heroes who died in the line of duty at the controls of the planes inscribed with the tricolor insignia, for the defence of the national being and for the freedom and safety of all,” Defence Minister Mihai Fifor wrote on Friday, on Facebook, on the Romanian Aviation and Air Force Day.
The minister also referred to those who lost their lives during missions, then reviewed the major objectives of the Air Force, namely to ensure credible deterrence and defence of the airspace, to continue the upgrading of airfields, as well as to meet the commitments assumed by Romania in the relationship with NATO, the EU and the allied partners.
“I recall here the strategic endowment program with the F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole aircraft, which, after the implementation of the first stage, with 12 aircraft, will continue with the completion of the first squadron and subsequently with the acquisition of 32 more planes for two more operational squadrons. (…) Our country will equip its armed forces with the latest configuration of the ‘Patriot’ ground-air missile system in the PAC-3+ configuration, which includes hardware and software designed at the level of year 2017,” the minister wrote.
Fifor mentioned in this context also the launch, this year, of IAR-99 Hawk upgrade program, the intention being for this type of aircraft to become the school plane for the pilots to operate on F-16s.
He also welcomed the professionalism of the airmen, concluding his message with the traditional wish “Clear sky!”
President Iohannis: Aviation Day – moment of gratitude for those who serve Romanian Wings
The celebration of Romanian Aviation Day and of the Air Forces has, in this year of the Centennial, an added symbolic charge, being the most appropriate opportunity to express gratitude and cherish for all those who during the course of history, served the Romanian Wings with dedication and abnegation, declared on Friday, president Klaus Iohannis.
“Celebrating Romanian Aviation Day and Air Forces, under the patronage of Great Prophet Elijah of Tishbe has, in this year of the Centennial, an added symbolic charge. It is the most appropriate opportunity to express the cherish and gratitude to all those who in the course of history, served the Romanian Wings with dedication and abnegation,” said the president, according to a press release issued on Friday.
He specified that the Romanian Air Forces permanently evolved in the last 125 years.
“Their contribution to the success of our Military was major, whether we refer to the two World Wars, or their actions in operation theaters, under the aegis of NATO, UN, OSCE and EU, after the end of the Cold War,” said Iohannis.
According to him, the modernization of the Romanian Air Forces is an essential process that saw important results in the last period, in concordance with NATO’s decisions.
“This demarche must be continued because it serves a significant component of consolidating the defence posture of our country,” the president added.
He thanked to all those who activate within the Civil and Military Aviation and who successfully contributed, through their altruism and professionalism, to protecting the air space, search and rescue missions – evacuations and other emergency interventions.
“Today we also honor all the scientists who, through ingenuity and creative spirit, placed the Romanian airspace in the vanguard of European and World thinking and practice of building flying machines. (…) I encourage all those who transformed the flight and the defence of Romania’s airspace in a true profession of faith to continue their training in order to fulfill their tasks to the highest standards. Happy anniversary to all Romanian aviators and members of the Romanian Air Forces!” was president Iohannis’s message for the Aviation Day.
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