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 – Bomber Task Force Deployment 2019

The latest in a series of US Strategic Commands (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployments to Europe took place in March when six B-52H Stratofortresses and more than 450 personnel from the United States Air Force (USAF) 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana deployed to RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire.

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Aviation History & Nostalgia – D-Day 75th commemorations

June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the momentous allied landings on the beaches of Normandy that began the liberation of Western Europe. The commemorations have been touching, spectacular and all encompassing, including a significant number of aviation elements, with aircraft old and new.

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