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.
Nato Tiger Meet 2016
From Monday 16th till Friday 27th of May 2016 the 15 Wing (ALA 15) at Zaragoza Air Base in the north east of Spain was host to the annual NATO Tiger Meet. The 2016 meet was attended by no less then 19 NATO Tiger Association (NTA) members and two visiting units. Touchdown Aviation was present on Friday 20th during the Media day organised by the base.
Frisian Flag 2016
From April 11th - 22nd Leeuwarden Air Base, the Netherlands was host to the annual Frisian Flag exercise. Organised by 322 Squadron, but with support from various units within the RNLAF, and seven participating nations it is the largest NATO exercise in Western Europe this year. Touchdown Aviation visited the media day on April 12th and found out that the demand for such exercises is still high.
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