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A NATO mission policing Baltic airspace amid heightened tensions with Russia has forged a rather exotic alliance to ensure the safety of pilots and their jets.Four birds of prey – three falcons and an eagle – soar over the tarmac near four massive hangars at the Zokniai air force base in northwest Lithuania. Experience shows that predatory birds and the ancient art of falconry vastly outperform man-made acoustic and visual scare tactics, which wild birds quickly realize pose no credible threat.The Polish air force brought the 26-year-old to Zokniai to help out with its four-month rotation in NATO's Baltic air policing mission.
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