The new members of NATO are a great example of retiring their aging soviet equipment and trading for secondhand or new western hardware. Hungary and the Czech Republic went for a lease of Swedish built JAS39 Gripen to replace their MIG 21's to take over airpolicing duties.
Portugal retired its Corsairs and Talons and gained secondhand F16's from the United States whom after the 1st Gulfwar started the great exodus of units based in Europe and close down several bases for example: Hahn AFB Germany,Zweibrücken AFB Germany,Sembach AFB Germany and in Britain several more.
The Canadian forces completely withdrew their forces from Europe and Britain closed down all fixed wing bases aswell and the last base will follow in the near future.
Jan Eenling© 2006-2010