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Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 sold to Jordan
 
Latest update: December 2017
 
Jordan bought 21 F-16s from the Netherlands which were purchased in two contracts. The first contract for six F-16BM was signed on April 12, 2007 following the letter of intent signed on April 20, 20006 between secretary of defense Mr Cees van de Knaap (Netherlands MoD), general Jacques de Winter (on behalf of the Belgian MoD) and prins Feisal Bin Al Hussein (Jordan Mod) with The Netherlands offering eight F-16s (five F-16AM and three F-16BM). These F-16s departed Leeuwarden Air Base on July 28, 2009. The second contract covering the purchase of 15 F-16s was signed in December 2013.

The F-16 Midlife Update (F-16AM/BM) purchased in Belgium and The Netherlands replaced the F-16s which were already operated by the Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) 33 aircraft were acquired from the USAF split into 28 F-16A-ADF and 5 F-16B-ADF. A number of the Fighting Falcons have been sold to Pakistan.

Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s which were selected for delivery to Jordan were transferred to Project Afstoting F-16 (PAF - Project Disposal F-16) and stored at Volkel Air Base. In the second half of 2017 work began to deliver these F-16s (13 F-16AM and two F-16BM) to the RJAF with the aircraft flying to Leeuwarden or Woensdrecht where the necessary work was carried out and at the same time the RJAF markings were applied. After the F-16s returned to Volkel the test (RNLAF pilot) and acceptance flight (RJAF pilot) were carried out. Three delivery flights were made in October, November and December 2017 (see details in below table).

Tags: Belgium, Jordan, Netherlands, United States, F-16.
 
RNLAF F-16 delivery to Jordan 2017
 
Jordan Arabic Jordan Western RNLAF FMS Aircraft Dep. Date Comment
٢٤٠ 240 J-638 80-3638 F-16AM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٤٣ 243 J-872 81-0872 F-16AM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٤٤ 244 J-873 81-0873 F-16AM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٤٧ 247 J-199 83-1199 F-16AM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٤٨ 248 J-145 85-0145 F-16AM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٣٦ 236 J-884 81-0884 F-16BM 25-10-17 Batch 1 - 2017
٢٣٨ 238 J-623 80-0623 F-16AM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٣٩ 239 J-637 80-3637 F-16AM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٤١ 241 J-868 81-0868 F-16AM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٤٥ 245 J-876 81-0876 F-16AM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٥٠ 250 J-510 87-0510 F-16AM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٣٧ 237 J-208 83-1208 F-16BM 29-11-17 Batch 2 - 2017
٢٤٢ 242 J-870 81-0870 F-16AM 14-12-17 Batch 3 - 2017
٢٤٦ 246 J-193 83-1193 F-16AM 14-12-17 Batch 3 - 2017
٢٤٩ 249 J-057 86-0057 F-16AM 14-12-17 Batch 3 - 2017
             
 
RNLAF F-16 delivery to Jordan 2009
 
Jordan Arabic Jordan Western RNLAF FMS Aircraft Dep. Date Comment
١٣٠ 130 J-267 78-0267 F-16BM 28-07-09  
١٣١ 131 J-269 78-0269 F-16BM 28-07-09  
١٣٢ 132 J-270 78-0270 F-16BM 28-07-09  
١٣٣ 133 J-650 80-0650 F-16BM 28-07-09  
١٣٤ 134 J-653 80-3653 F-16BM 28-07-09 W/O 14.01.16
١٣٥ 135 J-654 80-3654 F-16BM 28-07-09  
             

The pilots of the F-16BM both escaped unharmed. 
 
Photo gallery
 
Below photo gallery is based on the delivery of the second batch containing of six F-16s to Jordan on November 29, 2017. Representation on its RNLAF serial.

Column 1: The F-16 photographed in operational RNLAF service.
Column 2: The F-16 photographed at the PAF photo shoot.
Column 3: The F-16 at its departure from Volkel in its RJAF markings.

Note: for two F-16s digital photos during its operational service life within the RNLAF are not available. It's intended to upload an analog photo when this is available.
 
 
F-16 RNLAF operational F-16 RNLAF at the PAF photo shoot. Jordan AF F-16 departure Nov. 24, 2017
     
     
J-208 digitial photo not available. J-208. 237 The first of six F-16s to depart Volkel.
     
   
J-510 digitial photo not available. J-510. 250 with its colleague seen taking off.
     
 
J-623 landing after a Frisian Flag mission at Leeuwarden in 2012. J-623.

238 lined up on runway 24R ready for departure.
     
     
J-637 flying next to a KC-135R during a NTM 2010 mission. J-637 wasn't available during the photo shoot. See link to article above.  239 departing with full afterburner.

     
   
J-868 landing after a Frisian Flag mission at Leeuwarden in 2012. J-868.

241 on the taxiway towards runway 24R.

     
     
J-876 Leeuwarden Luchtmachtdagen 2008 anniversary 322 Squadron. J-876.

245 holding as two of its colleagues are lined up for departure.
 
 
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