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Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer aircraft (Image: Leonardo)

The Polish Air Force has received the first two M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) from Alenia Aermacchi.

The aircraft flew in formation with the TS-11 Iskara trainers on Monday which were sent to welcome the new airframes, The Aviationist reported Tuesday.

During their approach to Dęblin, the “Master” jets, locally named “Bielik” (Polish for white tailed eagle), flew in formation with the TS-11 Iskra trainer aircraft which were sent to welcome the new airframes.

The delivery of the first two of 8 aircraft was preceded with long preparatory stages, as it required the Polish pilots to be trained at Lecce-Galatina airbase, in Italy, home of 212° Gruppo (Squadron) belonging to the 61° Stormo (Wing) of the Italian Air Force, the flight school that operates the T-346s (this is the ItAF designation) in Italy, the report stated.

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