Royal Norwegian Air Force and the F-16: the complete story

The Royal Norwegian Air Force has bade farewell to the Lockheed Martin F-16 after more than 40 years of pivotal service defending the Scandinavian country and serving NATO’s air-policing system. Paulo Mata reports

January 6, 2022, started like any other day in Norway at that time of year – cold and windy. At Bodø Air Station in the north of the country, the grim weather was tinged with an air of sadness as a pair of Luftforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Air Force, RNoAF) Lockheed Martin F-16AMs were prepared for the type’s last operational sorties in ‘Noggie’ colours. In a symbolic action to close more than 40 years of solid service, the final quick reaction alert (QRA) F-16 pair (serials 674 and 668) at Bodø would perform one last scramble, before overflying Evenes Air Station, where the nation’s new fifth-generation Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II would take over the role.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below