Kees van der Mark repor ts from Tucson International Airpor t in Arizona, the home of Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 pilot training.

A formation of F-16AM/BM jets from the 148th FS. The parent 162nd Wing has three F-16 squadrons, including the ‘Dutch’ 148th FS ‘Kickin’ Ass’ with its ten F-16 MLUs. Rich Cooper via 148th FS

One of three F-16 squadrons within the Arizona Air National Guard’s (ANG’s) 162nd Wing at Tucson is dedicated to training Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16 pilots. The 148th Fighter Squadron (FS) ‘Kickin’ Ass’ has ten RNLAF-owned F-16s in Mid-Life Update (MLU) configuration assigned, comprising five F-16AMs and five F-16BMs. The Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NDTA) has a modest personnel strength of 12 Dutchmen.

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