After years of F-16 combat operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has devoted 2017 to regenerating its capabilities. To get a head start, the Dutch embarked on a major detachment to Davis- Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, in February.
DUTCH F-16S IN THE US | EXERCISE REPORT
IN LATE JANUARY, after a four-year absence, six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16AMs departed the European winter of Volkel Air Base for the south-west United States. Accompanied by a KDC-10, the six aircraft landed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona to commence the first phase of ‘CONUS 2017’, which would last just over four weeks.