The Canarys Grand Guardians.

FOR CENTURIES THE Canary Islands -700 miles (1,126km) from Spain and 180 miles (290km) from West Africa -provided an important stepping-stone to Africa and America. Today, Ala (Wing) 46 and Escuadron (Squadron) 802 of the Ej6rcito del Aire (Spanish Air Force) are maintaining almost 60 years of continual Spanish presence at this remote location. Just as the islands play host to thousands of holiday-makers, they also welcome Spanish and foreign squadrons keen to use the unrestricted Air Combat Manoeuvring (ACM) range south of the Canaries.

Gando airport at Gran Canaria is a mixed-use field — its two parallel runways (12,000ft

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