During the military live fire exercises they are hit by the fighters' machine guns.

Spanish Phantom target Bardenas shooting range
Former Spanish Phantoms in Bárdenas shooting range

Some former Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) Phantom aircraft belonged to Ala 12 Fighter Squadron are now placed in the Bárdenas desert to cover the role of target.

Bardenas is a Natural Park located in south-east Navarre (Spain) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it covers more than 40,000 hectares. It is formed by “cabezos” sort of plateaus of different altitudes created by the erosion, red cliffs, clay, chalk and sandstone. Bárdenas it is also a shooting range used as military training camp. Indeed, is the only one that the Spanish Air Force has still in operation. Tourists can visit most of the park, but during the military exercises some areas are closed.

Periodically the Spanish Eurofighter and Hornet aircraft conduct exercises in the Bárdenas shooting range firing shots with the cannon against the Phantoms and other aircraft and types of targets.

The McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II has served Wing 12 for about thirty years since the early 70s. It was gradually replaced by the Hornet during the 90s.

Images: Spanish Air Force

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