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Royal Netherlands F-16

Fast jet fans will be delighted to learn that two F-16s from the Royal Netherlands Air Force will be on static display at the Air Tattoo this summer.

This multi-role jet fighter, which entered service in the Netherlands in 1979, replaced the Starfighter and the NF-5A/B. All Dutch F-16s operate in five squadrons from two main operating bases: Leeuwarden and Volkel.

The Netherlands has been very active in humanitarian/peacekeeping operations, performed under the supervision of the UN or NATO. Last year, Dutch F-16s helped support NATO's no-fly zone in Libya.

The Air Tattoo is particularly delighted to welcome an air force that took part in the first ever Air Tattoo at North Weald in 1971 and which will be celebrating its centenary next year.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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