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Royal Dutch Air Force  KLU

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The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF; Dutch: Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), "Royal Air Force"), is the military aviation branch of the Netherlands Armed Forces. It was created in 1953; its ancestor, the Luchtvaartafdeling (aviation department) of the Dutch Army was founded in 1913. The aerobatic display team of the Royal Netherlands Air Force is the Solo Display Team.

At least 37 F-35A Lightning II are expected to replace the F-16 fleet, before cost overruns the number was planned to be 85. Two F-35A have been delivered for the testing program and for training pilots and maintenance crew. This first aircraft is stationed at a base in Florida, US.[21] On 19 September 2013 the MOD announced that it will buy 35 additional F-35As between 2014–2023, bringing the total to 37, the maximum number fitting the original budget for F-16 replacement. First aircraft to enter service in 2019, last in 2023. The acquisition of 34 F-35A's has been confirmed by the Ministery of Defence; additional budget is needed to buy the last three planes.

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Founded March 27, 1953; 64 years ago

Country  Netherlands

Type Air force

Role Aerial warfare

Role Aerial warfare

Size 8.030 personnel, 175 aircraft and 88 UAV

Part of Dutch Armed Forces

 

 

 

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Why does the Air Force need expensive new fighters? Have the people we've been fighting over the years been complaining?  JFM. Moo

  "Parvus numero, magnus merito"

"Latin: small in numbers, great in deeds"

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