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Luchtmachtdagen 2019

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.

Exercises and Deployments – Red Flag 19-2

Exercises and Deployments – Red Flag 19-2

The latest iteration of the long running Red Flag series of exercises took place between the 8th and 22nd March at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Very much a multinational affair, Red Flag 19-2 attracted international participation from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to strong support from the USAF and US Navy. Paul Dunn reports on the exercise content.

Farewell Tornado – Tornado Tails

Farewell Tornado – Tornado Tails

The Global Aviation Resource team, along with some of our contributors, have collated more than 500 images from our combined archives to pay tribute to the Tornado GR and to all those people who were involved with it in Royal Air Force service. That entire gallery is presented here as the final part of our Farewell Tornado series.

Exercises and Deployments – Exercise Point Blank 18-3

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.

Warbirds – FHCAM Stuka Unveiling

Warbirds – FHCAM Stuka Unveiling

As warbirds go, the Stuka is one of the rarest. With two complete examples on display and none flying, it is one that many enthusiasts would love to see flying. FHCAM unveiled their restoration on November 10th and Rob Edgcumbe went along to take a look for GAR.