Bombing the Netherlands

Kees van der Mark reports on the rapid reaction test deployment of F-35As to the Netherlands, the latest milestone in the Dutch F-35 programme

TWO KONINKLIJKE Luchtmacht (KLu, Royal Netherlands Air Force) F-35A Lightning IIs operated by 323 Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES) based at Edwards Air Force Base, California, wrote history on June 13 when they released the first bombs ever dropped by the type on Dutch soil. The jets deployed to the Netherlands for a rapid reaction test as part of the F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) programme. Both F-35s struck targets at the Cornfield range on the isle of Vlieland on a long-range mission right after crossing the Atlantic, landing at Volkel Air Base afterwards.

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