Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)

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The efforts to fly a Dutch F-104 again

In the March 2024 issue of Aviation News, Leonard van den Broek provides an update on efforts to return a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to flight at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands

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How the RNLAF’s C-130 unit is transitioning to the MC-390

Joe Campion discovers how 336 Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) plans to provide combat support while preparing for a brand-new aircraft type

RNLAF’s third F-35A unit welcomes first Lightning II

The first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF’s) No 312 Squadron arrived at Leeuwarden Air Base on January 11

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First Dutch ‘Vipers’ arrive in Romania for Ukrainian F-16 pilot training

As preparations continue to be made for the training of Ukrainian Air Force air/ground crews on the Fighting Falcon, the Royal Netherlands Air Force delivered the first batch of its F-16AM/BM (MLU) fighters to the newly established European F-16 Training Centre (EFTC) at the Romanian Air Force’s 86th Air Base in Borcea, Romania, on November 7

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RNLAF 313 Squadrons new Tiger tail anniversary jet

An exclusive first-look at the new 70th anniversary tail art on F-031

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US approves transfer of first F-16s to Ukraine

The US government has given permission for the Netherlands and Denmark to donate a number of F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons to Ukraine

US approves sale of more MQ-9A Reaper drones to the Netherlands

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of four General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9A Block 5 Reaper UCAVs and related equipment to the Netherlands for an estimated cost of $611m

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Did Aeroflot airliners spy on NATO?

While many top-secret documents about Cold War aerial intelligence have been declassified, very little has emerged about the use of commercial aircraft. However, files in the Dutch National Archives describe in surprising detail some of Aeroflot’s activities over the Netherlands

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Lightnings go Dutch: Assessing the impact of the F-35A on the RNLAF

As the second of three Royal Netherlands Air Force squadrons continues its transition from the F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon to the F-35A Lightning II, Gert Kromhout assesses the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter's impact on the Dutch air arm

Netherlands buys H225Ms to replace RNLAF's ageing Cougar fleet

The Dutch MOD has revealed it will replace the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s ageing fleet of AS532U2 Cougar medium-lift tactical transport helicopters – which are predominately used to support Special Operations Forces missions – with 14 new-build H225M Caracal multi-mission tactical rotorcraft