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General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon (x4)

The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is currently the most numerous combat aircraft in NATO. Originally developed for the USAF as a day fighter, the F-16 has evolved into a highly capable multi-role combat aircraft that despite flying for the first time in 1974 is still in production. Over 4,500 F-16s have been produced over the past 49 years and 3,000 of them are still in service with 25 nations around the world. The most recent version is called the Block 70/72 and includes a new cockpit, computers, an advanced AESA radar based on the one installed in the F-35.

The Netherlands originally ordered 213 F-16s which were licence built by SABCA in Belgium. The size of the fleet has slowly reduced as it’s replacement, the F-35A is delivered to the RNLAF. These have been updated to the F-16AM MLU specification which includes the Link 16 datalink, Helmet Sight, Targeting Pods, new computers, and the ability to use the Aim-9X Sidewinder providing a full multi-role capability.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force will be sending no less than four of their F-16s from 312 Squadron at Volkel AB, their final F-16 unit for static display as part of our 50th anniversary celebration of the type. This will be their final appearance from the RNLAF who retire their F-16s later this year.

Photo Credit: Paul Morrison

On display

Role Friday Saturday Sunday
Static No Yes Yes