LEEUWARDEN AIR BASE, NETHERLANDS – A special day today for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) when 2 brand new F-35A Lightning II’s touched down early in the afternoon at Leeuwarden Air Base on January 12, 2022. The 2 fighter jets are the last F-35 for Leeuwarden Air Base and the first F-35 for Volkel Air Base.
The two F-35s, with serial numbers F-023 and F-024 flew in from the Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) line in Cameri, Italy. According to the RNLAF F-023 will be the last F-35 for Leeuwarden based 322 Squadron and the first F-35 for Volkel based 313 Squadron, the second Dutch air base to be equipped with the successor of the F-16.
On its way to Leeuwarden Air Base F-024 performed a flyby at its future home, Volkel Air Base, where the first F-35As will be transferred to, mid 2022.
The first 322 Squadron F-35 arrived at Leeuwarden on October 31, 2019 and has now received all of its 15 ordered Lightning IIs. On December 27, 2021, the squadron already attained Initial Operational Capability (IOC).
Head image: © KLu Vliegbasis Leeuwarden
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