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Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM/BM

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The Royal Netherlands Air Force originally purchased 213 F-16A/B aircraft with the air arm being one of the four European Participating Air Forces in the programme and one of 5 countries to build the F-16 locally. Reductions saw the fleet reduced to 68 aircraft, all of them upgraded to MLU standard. All operational F-16s operated by the Netherlands went through the Mid-Life Update (MLU) . A Multinational Operational Test and Evaluation center for the F-16A/B Mid-Life Update was set up at Leeuwarden air base in 1997. As part of on-going defence cuts, the number of F-16s to feature the upgrade was reduced from 170 to 138 in mid-1993.

“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, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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