The Royal Netherlands Air Force is getting set to say goodbye to its one-of-a-kind Lockheed Martin F-16BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon test vehicle, as Gert Kromhout explains.
The F-16 community is about to lose a valuable test vehicle. The unique Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)- operated F-16BM, serial J-066, nicknamed Orange Jumper will retire soon. Over the past two decades, this two-seat fighter with its orange tail emblem featuring a kangaroo has supported several test programmes for European F-16 users, the US Air Force (USAF) and manufacturer Lockheed Martin. It conducted its last big mission last April.