Frisian Flag brings European Air Forces to Leeuwarden AB
From 31 March until 11 April 2014 Leeuwarden Air Base in The Netherlands was again Europe’s number one “Fighter Town” during this year’s Frisian Flag exercise.
Approximately 60 fighters were gathered at Leeuwarden Air Base for this exercise. Around 45 of them were flying two missions a day. Frisian Flag welcomed a few new participants. Spanish EF-2000’s, Portuguese F-16’s and Danish F-16’s made their first appearance at this annual exercise. Besides the newcomers, Dutch, Norwegian and Belgian F-16’s, German EF-2000’s and Finish F-18’s were present to train ground and aircraft crews in various mission sets and by working together to increase international co-operation.
The non-fighter aircraft stationed at Leeuwarden were a Dutch C-130 “slow mover” and a Falcon 20 from Cobham Aviation for some serious “jamming” (electronic warfare).
Frisian Flag was combined with the European Air Refueling Training (EART) at Eindhoven Air Base. A Dutch KDC-10´s, a German A310MRTT and an Italian KC-767A were used for air-to-air refueling during the exercise.