RNLAF F-16s deployed to Tucson to coach Viper pilots, are on their method again.
On Jul. 29, 2022, the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure (RNLAF) flew the final F-16 mission from Tucson Worldwide Airport/Morris ANG Base. The Dutch had 11 F-16 Preventing Falcon jets (5x single seater F-16AMs and 6x two-seat F-16BMs) deployed there to hold out coaching of Viper pilot as a part of a global coaching settlement that got here to an finish because the RNLAF began the transition to the brand new F-35A Lightning II.
The F-16s, assigned to the 148th Fighter Squadron had been initially regarded as destined to strengthen the fleet of one of many ADAIR contractors, however the revision of those contracts put a termination to this sale. Due to this fact, the plane are being ferried to SABCA in Belgium, for attainable overhaul and storage or pending sale to a brand new operator (apparently to Bulgaria).
On Dec. 13, the primary batch of 6x F-16s being ferried over from Lakeland, Florida (house of the Draken Worldwide, the place the plane reportedly had been being examined earlier than becoming a member of the fleet of the Pink Air contractor), landed at Lajes Subject, Azores.
The Vipers had been supported by U.S. Air Pressure KC-10A #87-0117 radio callsign RCH81.
For the data listed below are the serials and callsigns:
J-004 tail code AZ F-16AM NAF312
J-067 tail code AZ F-16BM NAF313
J-018 tail code AZ F-16AM NAF314
J-210 tail code AZ F-16BM NAF315
J-064 tail code AZ F-16BM NAF316
J-010 tail code AZ F-16AM NAF317 marked “148FS”
Be aware: NAF 316 declared in flight emergency attributable to technical issues, was met by the fireplace division upon arrival. On Dec. 14, it was towed to a Portuguese AF hangar for consideration by upkeep personnel.
On the morning of Dec. 15, 4 jets departed at round 10.00z. These had been J-010, J-210, J-067 and J-004 with J-018 and J-064 left behind. The remaining 5 are nonetheless within the U.S. ready to do the crossing.
First wave of @Kon_Luchtmacht F-16AM and BM, six in whole, will depart from Lajes inbound to Charleroi for Sabca.
Q) LPPO/QRALW/IV/NBO/W /240/260/4211N02320W227
A) LPPO B) 2212150930 C) 2212151404
DOLER – ANAVA – 45N020W. @MicHighClub @scramble_nl pic.twitter.com/OakbFk9IZk
— Piet Luijken (@APbyPL) December 15, 2022