The King visited the Talavera la Real air base (Badajoz) this Monday and got to know first-hand the modern unmanned aircraft of the Air Force, the Predators acquired from the United States by the Ministry of Defense. This was his first visit to a barracks after the controversy caused by the retired soldiers letter sent him.
Felipe’s king arrived at the air base in a recently acquired Airbus A-400, which was making its first flight, and accompanied by the new head of the Casa del Rey’s Military Room General Emilio Gracia Cirugeda, who took office last week.
The reason for the visit, which was scheduled for April and had to be postponed due to the pandemic, was to visit Wing 23, in which more than 2,000 fighter and attack pilots have been trained, and learn about the new Army transport capabilities, on the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first F-5 aircraft to the so-called School of Reactors.
During the visit, the King was accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Lieutenant General Javier Salto Martínez-Avial. In addition, the Extremaduran authorities approached the Official Pavilion of the air base to greet Don Felipe. Among them, the Chairman of the Board, Guillermo Fernández Vara; the president of the Extremadura Assembly, Blanca Martín Delgado; the Government delegate, Yolanda García Seco; the mayors of Badajoz, Francisco Javier Fragoso, and of Talavera la Real, Manuela Sancho, and the president of the TSJEx, María Félix Tena.
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