RNLAF Royal Dutch Air Force (KLU)
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. On 19 September 2013 the MOD announced that it will buy 47 additional F-35As between 2014–2023, bringing the total to 47,
the maximum number fitting the original budget for F-16 replacement.
First aircraft to enter service in 2019, last in 2023. The acquisition of 47 F-35A’s has been confirmed by the Ministery of Defence; additional
budget is needed to buy the last three planes.