A passenger jet carrying Polish football national team was escorted by a pair of F-16 fighter jets.
‘We were escorted to the southern border of Poland by F16 planes!’ the Twitter account for the national team posted yesterday. Thank you and greetings to the pilots!’
The fighter jets were seen flying almost wing-to-wing along-side the passenger jet, decorated in Poland’s national colours of red and white.
‘Republic of Poland’ was written down the side of the passenger plane. Its tail wing was adorned with images of historic figures of Poland, with the dates 1918 – 2018. In Polish, a message read: ‘100th anniversary of regaining independence of Poland’.
Polish🇵🇱 Air Force fighter jets, escorting the national team to Qatar🇶🇦 for the World Cup ⚽️It's spectacular. pic.twitter.com/Q8E456Pl24
— 🐒🐒🐒 (@Nana1986aa) November 18, 2022
Video also showed the national team posing for a farewell photograph with staff before boarding the plane. Footage, shot through a window of the passenger jet, showed the two fighter jets flying along-side.
Poland qualified for the World Cup from the same group as England, finishing six points behind them in second place.