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Full Throttle 2007

More than 10.000 fans, guest and media crowded around the Royal Netherlands Air Force Base Volkel in the south of Holland, to catch a glimpse of the thrilling race between the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team F8-VII and an RNLAF F-16.

The event, named "Full Throttle", saw Dutch driver Christijan Albers race his Formula 1 challenger side by side against Captain Ralph "sjeik" Aarts state of the art combat plane down the base`s main runway.

Christijan looked to have the advantage over the first 300m as he accelerated away from the line, but over the final 700m the F-16 just pulled ahead to win the tight race by only two car lengths. Reaching a speed of 450kph by the end of the straight, the F-16 completed the course in just 15.5 secs. Following his narrow victory, Ralph performed a spectacular flying display over the air base.

Aside from the displays though, Ralph and his team do some brave work out there, I have a lot of respect for them. Captain Ralph Aarts is one of the RNLAF`s most experienced F-16 pilots,with 1.100 flying hours under his belt, including in operational missions in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old started with the Air Force in 1997 and received his wings in 2000. He then went on to join the 313 Squadron in 2001 and relocated to volkel, the Netherlands' largest base, in 2005.

Special thanks to Staf voorlichting Volkel Air Base

 
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