Exercise reports

Frisian Flag 2019

By Gostar den Daas | April 2019
Two week combined NATO exercise.

Every year Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year the Bulldogs from Duluth joint. This 179th Fighter Squadron fly’s the dark colored F-16C. Other participants included Dutch, German, French, Swiss and Polish units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day exercising several scenario’s.

The exercise took place from 1 till 12 April. Thousands of aircraft enthusiasts gathered during this time to see the daily two wave take-offs and landings. Weather conditions were not that great this year and also the wind direction forced the use of runway 05 for most of the days, preventing the spectacular take-off shots.

This year’s exercise wasn’t without incidents. A Polish F-16D 4076 came in too low and hit the ILS antennas at the threshold of the runway 23. The F-16 joined the exercise again a few days later.


G-FRAJ, Falcon 20

31+45, EF2000

J-003, F-16

J-020, F-16

31+05, EF2000

31+33, EF2000

30+98, EF2000

J-003, F-16

J-020, F-16

J-063, F-16

J-063, F-16

J-5026, F/A-18

J-5026, F/A-18

J-5026, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5007, F/A-18

90-0831, F-16

96-0081, F-16

96-0081, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0410, F-16

90-0831, F-16

96-0081, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0410, F-16

91-0410, F-16

4073, F-16

4056, F-16

4073, F-16

4056, F-16

4056, F-16

J-871, F-16

J-871, F-16

J-060, F-16

J-362, F-16

J-616, F-16

91-0409, F-16

91-0341, F-16

91-0409, F-16

91-0349, F-16

96-0082, F-16

96-0082, F-16

680 / 3-XM, Mirage 2000

680 / 3-XM, Mirage 2000

680 / 3-XM, Mirage 2000

680 / 3-XM, Mirage 2000

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

J-144, F-16

J-201, F-16

J-061, F-16

J-144, F-16

J-061, F-16

J-061, F-16

4054, F-16

4061, F-16

4051, F-16

4051, F-16

J-146, F-16

J-5007, F/A-18

J-5003, F/A-18

J-020, F-16

J-063, F-16

J-197, F-16

90-0831, F-16

90-0831, F-16

96-0081, F-16

31+45, EF2000

31+45, EF2000

680 / 3-XM, Mirage 2000

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

4054, F-16

4054, F-16

4061, F-16

4051, F-16

J-5026, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-146, F-16

J-017, F-16

J-646, F-16

91-0341, F-16

91-0409, F-16

91-0409, F-16

91-0349, F-16

96-0082, F-16

31+46, EF2000

31+28, EF2000

J-630, F-16

91-0349, F-16

J-630, F-16

J-871, F-16

J-065, F-16

J-197, F-16

91-0349, F-16

96-0082, F-16

J-197, F-16

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

635 / 3-AS, Mirage 2000

30+74, EF2000

31+05, EF2000

30+82, EF2000

90-0831, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0410, F-16

30+98, EF2000

J-201, F-16

J-135, F-16

J-144, F-16

J-5026, F/A-18

4076, F-16

J-5003, F/A-18

91-0405, F-16

91-0406, F-16

4076, F-16

4051, F-16

4054, F-16

4061, F-16

J-008, F-16

J-017, F-16

J-146, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0408, F-16

91-0410, F-16

91-0410, F-16

90-0831, F-16

96-0081, F-16

96-0081, F-16

96-0081, F-16

-, EF2000

30+74, EF2000

31+05, EF2000

31+05, EF2000

30+70, EF2000

30+82, EF2000

J-871, F-16

J-616, F-16

J-616, F-16

J-630, F-16

J-065, F-16

31+33, EF2000

30+98, EF2000

G-FRAJ, Falcon 20

J-201, F-16

J-135, F-16

J-144, F-16

4076, F-16

4076, F-16

4076, F-16

4051, F-16

4051, F-16

4054, F-16

4054, F-16

4061, F-16

4061, F-16

677 / 3-JT, Mirage 2000

635 / 3-AS, Mirage 2000

635 / 3-AS, Mirage 2000

635 / 3-AS, Mirage 2000

J-5026, F/A-18

J-5007, F/A-18

J-5007, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5011, F/A-18

J-5003, F/A-18

J-5003, F/A-18

31+46, EF2000

-, F-16

31+28, EF2000

J-197, F-16

J-197, F-16

J-063, F-16

J-001, F-16

J-646, F-16

91-0341, F-16

91-0341, F-16

91-0349, F-16

91-0349, F-16

91-0349, F-16

96-0082, F-16

96-0082, F-16

J-017, F-16

J-146, F-16

J-146, F-16

Log

Aircraft participating on April 5th.

Serial Aircraft Unit/Notes
680/3-XMMirage 2000DEC03.003
677/3-JTMirage 2000DEC03.003
635/3-AS *Mirage 2000DEC03.003
31+05EF2000TLG31
31+28EF2000TTLG31
31+33EF2000TLG31
31+41EF2000TLG31
31+45EF2000TLG31
31+46EF2000TLG31
30+70EF2000TLG31
30+74EF2000TLG31
30+82EF2000TLG31
30+98EF2000TLG31
4051F-16C31 Blt.
4054F-16C31 Blt.
4056F-16C31 Blt.
4061F-16C31 Blt.
4073F-16C31 Blt.
4076 **F-16D31 Blt.
J-5003F/A-18CFlSt11
J-5007F/A-18CFlSt11
J-5011F/A-18CFlSt11
J-5026F/A-18CFlSt11
90-0831F-16CM179th FS
91-0341F-16CM179th FS
91-0349F-16CM179th FS
91-0405 ***F-16CM179th FS
91-0406 ***F-16CM179th FS
91-0408F-16CM179th FS
91-0409F-16CM179th FS
91-0410F-16CM179th FS
96-0081F-16CM179th FS
96-0082F-16CM179th FS
J-001F-16AM312 sqn
J-003F-16AM312 sqn
J-008F-16AM313 sqn
J-017F-16AM312 sqn
J-020F-16AM312 sqn
J-060F-16AM322 sqn
J-061F-16AM322 sqn
J-063F-16AM313 sqn
J-065F-16BM322 sqn
J-135F-16AM322 sqn
J-144F-16AM322 sqn
J-146F-16AM312 sqn
J-197F-16AM312/313 sqn
J-201F-16AM322 sqn
J-362F-16AM322 sqn
J-512F-16AM312/313 sqn
J-616F-16AM322 sqn
J-630F-16AM312 sqn
J-646F-16AM
J-871F-16AM322 sqn
G-FRAJFalcon 20cGobham Aviation Services

* Aborted mission before take-off.
** Caused ILS damage earlier in the week.
*** Departing for a weekend away in Zagreb

Aviation Group Leeuwarden and the Dutch Air Force again organized great facilities for the spotters, with parking next to the Runway at Marssum, toilets and a burger stand.

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