Author: Chris Wood

Luchtmachtdagen 2019

The Dutch are well known for their love of aviation, so it should come as no surprise that they like a good airshow. For several decades the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu – Royal Netherlands Air Force) have held open days, now known as Luchtmachtdagen (Air Force Days), with hosting shared between their three main operational bases; Gilze-Rijen, Leeuwarden and Volkel. The last event was at Leeuwarden in 2016, which saw the first deployment of Dutch F-35A Lightning IIs to their homeland. The 2019 event took place at Volkel, home to two of the KLu’s F-16 squadrons, on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, and Chris Wood reports for GAR.

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Exercises and Deployments – Exercise Point Blank 18-3

Tuesday 27th November saw the latest iteration of Exercise Point Blank take place over eastern England and the North Sea. Point Blank is a recurring large force exercise, designed and hosted by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath. Its objective is to increase tactical efficiency of UK and US forces in the UK and Europe and is seen as a low cost alternative to exercises such as Red Flag at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

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