On Thursday April 5th another 6 F-16AM / BM’s left the Netherlands for their new home base in Chili. They will be stationed at Cerro Moreno Air Base with Grupo No.8
Departure: Twenthe AB, Netherlands
At 10:17 local time the launch started with the departure of the J-137, followed by J- 878, J- 139, J-649, J-652 and finally J-205. They left under callsign “NAF (Netherlands Air Force) 81-86 with destination Gando.
Above Volkel the first 6 F-16’s made their rendezvous with KDC-10 “NAF49”T-235.
At 10:35 two spares also left Twenthe Air Base; F-16AM J-360 and F-16BM J-655 (“NAF 87 and 88”).The two spares will come back next Tuesday. They will also fly to Gando via Monte Real Air Base
In June the last batch of 6 F-16’s will leave for Chili. The first batch left Twenthe Air Base on Monday September 4th 2006 (first formation with J-657, J-141, J-885, J-656 and second formation with J-652 [spare], J-194, J-139 [spare] and J-633). Both spares arrived Wednesday september 6th on Twenthe AB. Both spares were delivered this time.
The Vipers delivered this time were in standard RnethAF camo and markings (no one carried squadronmarkings). They will be repainted in Chili. Also the last batch will be delivered in standard camo and markings.