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2014.08.26 15:01

Hawk and Falcon Security Force in Šiauliai Air base

Algirdas Acus2014.08.26 15:01

Polish air force team which is currently on duty in NATO Baltic air police mission has brought a falconer whose falcons and hawks protect Lithuanian Šiauliai airport from other birds in order to avoid accidents where birds get into planes’ engines and ruin them.

Polish air force team which is currently on duty in NATO Baltic air police mission has brought a falconer whose falcons and hawks protect Lithuanian Šiauliai airport from other birds in order to avoid accidents where birds get into planes’ engines and ruin them.

A falconer Michal Bien has brought three hawks – York, Bolt, Mille – and one falcon, Hussein. These predator birds scare out other birds around Siauliai air base, where NATO has deployed its Baltic air police mission, on a rotating basis.

The team of Polish air forces currently deployed in Šiauliai decided that this bird security is more effective than other strategies.

Birds can do a lot of damage if they get into planes’ engines. Therefore airports usually set a special system to scare birds away, such as special rockets or loud signals.

Polish hawks protect Šiauliai air base from July till September, when military aircraft of other rotating air forces will replace the Polish jets Mig29.

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Soundbite (English)

MICHAL BIEN, Polish air force falconer:

I come with my falcons and hawks here. Definitely airport faces danger from other birds, who can enter into engine or who can break the jets, our jets Mig29.

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MICHAL BIEN, Polish air force falconer:

When the speakers go every time, they make a scream every time, the birds, another birds, they know that it is fake. They are not interesting to them. This is good for one week, two weeks, one month. And it’s not much.