The largest aerial exercise of 2017 took place on Thursday as eight different Air Forces all conducted war games in the skies over Israel. The Blue Flag exercise, also the largest in the history of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), saw a fictional “war” between the countries of Falcon Land and Nowhere Land.
The eleven-day exercises began on Sunday and involved dozens of aircraft flying over a hundred sorties. This was the third Blue Flag exercise. The first in 2013 was attended by Italy, Greece, and the US. Poland joined in for the second in 2015. But the third exercise was the largest yet, adding three new nations to the list: France, Germany, and India, three of the ten largest militaries in the world.