US-Peru air show puts an end to joint military operation

US C17 cargo plane roars by spectators along Lima’s Costa Verde

(LIP-jl) — To celebrate the end of the joint military training exercise dubbed "Falcon Condor 2007" between the United States and Peru, forces from both countries participated in a dazzling air show that captivated thousands of Limeans.

During a three hour time span yesterday, pilots from both countries maneuvered F-16s, MIG 29s, Mirage 2000s, and C17s along Lima’s Costa Verde between Chorrillos and Miraflores, leaving thousands of spectators in awe.

The aerial exhibition officially put an end to the joint training operation "Falcon Condor 2007," which started in Chilclayo last week and saw military personnel from Peru and the United States participate in parachuting and war game exercises designed to help improve their efforts in fighting the war on drugs.

The secretive American AWACS spy planes were also used in the training exercise, providing Peruvian officials a glimpse of their highly effective surveillance capacity.

A total of 13 United States aircrafts and 200 airmen/women participated with nearly 250 Peruvian air force members during the 9 day training exercise.

The Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, James Stavridis, said that American forces will continue aiding Peru in the drug war by providing military support and surveillance along the Peruvian coast to detect cocaine shipments heading to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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