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Netherlands to host international air exercise Frisian Flag 2017


LEEUWARDEN, The Netherlands - From March 27 to April 7, 2017 Leeuwarden Air Base, the Netherlands, hosts another edition of exercise Frisian Flag, one of the largest international live-fly fighter exercises in Europe. For two weeks fighter aircraft from NATO Allies Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States will work together with the Royal Netherlands Air Force executing a variety of air missions.

 
More than 60 aircraft will be hosted on the ramps of Leeuwarden Air Base in the Frisian Flag 2017; twice a day approx. 50 jets will participate in so-called waves to take-off for air missions. The jets flying in Frisian Flag 2017 include F-16M, F-15C, Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado GR4, Mirage 2000D fighter aircraft and DA-20 from a civilian contractor. Integrated into exercise to Frisian Flag, the tanker exercise "European Air Refueling Training” or EART 17 will be held at Eindhoven Air Base. Linking these two exercises offers realistic aerial refueling scenarios at the international level benefiting both fighter and tanker aircraft.
 
Exercise Frisian Flag takes place in the skies above of Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. In order to make this possible, all airspace control authorities of the countries concerned cooperate closely. Command and control of aircraft inside the entire training area will be provided by Dutch and German Control and Reporting Centre (CRCs) as well as by an AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft.
 
The Frisian Flag 2017 media event will take place on March 28 and a spotters’ day will be organized on March 31. Contact Leeuwarden Air Base at vliegbasisleeuwarden@gmail.com.
More information will be available from the beginning of the exercise at www.defensie.nl.
 
Story based on information provided by Public Affairs Office Leeuwarden Air Base

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