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International SAR Meet 2016

International SAR Meet 2016

From October 10th – 14th 40th Smaldeel hosted the International SAR Meet 2016 at Koksijde Air Base. The SAR Meet brings together Search and Rescue Squadron to train their skills in competitive exercise. Touchdown Aviation visited the media day on the second day of the exercise.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

For most aviation enthusiast’s the Royal International Air Tattoo is the highlight of there calendar year. With an announcement in early January from Lockheed-Martin that the F-35 Lightning II would finally make its debut at an airshow outside of the United States. Many will of course remember that this was scheduled to happen back in 2014. So would we finally see the type for the first time on UK shores.
RNLAF F-35A Lightning II deployment

RNLAF F-35A Lightning II deployment

Back in January 2015, in a debate with local residents from Volkel Air Base, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced her commitment to send a F-35 Lightning II to the Netherlands for so called noise perception flights. One year of planning later the flights took place at the end of May 2016. Touchdown Aviation spoke to Col. Albert de Smit, detachment commander, to hear all about the objectives and planning of the deployment.

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