Six air forces gather for joint exercises

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air forces from six nations are in Alaska this week for joint exercises.

Aircraft from the United States, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Canada and Spain are practicing bombing runs and other maneuvers as part of Cooperative Cope Thunder 2002.

Sixty aircraft and 900 people are stationed at Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks and another 40 aircraft and 500 people are at Elemendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

By the time they leave, said exercise spokesman Curtis Viall, they'll have flown nearly 2,000 sorties.

The exercise began last week and continues through July 26.

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