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Frisian Flag 2018
Latest update: April 2018
The annual Frisian Flag exercise organized by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and held at Leeuwarden Air Base took place from April 9 until April 20.
Participants Frisian Flag 2018
Operating from Leeuwarden Air Base:
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft: Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
France Mirage 2000D 4 EC 003 BA133 Nancy  
  Rafale B 5 EC 004 BA113 Saint Dizier  
  Rafale C 4 EC 030 BA118 Mont-de-Marsan  
Germany EF-2000 2 TLG 31 Norvenich  
  EF-2000 5 TLG 71 Wittmund  
Netherlands F-16AM 6 312 squadron Volkel  
  F-16BM 1 312 squadron Volkel  
  F-16AM 3 313 squadron Volkel  
  F-16AM 4 322 squadron Leeuwarden  
Poland F-16C 5 3 / 6 ELT 31. BLT Poznañ/Krzesiny  
  Mig-29A 3 1 ELT 23. BLT Miñsk Mazowiecki  
Spain EF-18M 5 Ala 15 Zaragoza  
  EF-18BM 2 Ala 15 Zaragoza  
United States F-15C 6 123th FS / 142nd FW Portland IAP OR ANG
  F-15C 5 131st FS / 104th FW Barnes-Westfield MA ANG
  F-15D 1 131st FS / 104th FW Barnes-Westfield MA ANG
Total   61
Operating from their home base:
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft: Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
France E-3F 1 ERV01.093 BA702 Avord  
NATO E-3A 1 NAEW&CF Geilenkirchen  
Netherlands C-130H, C-130H.30 1 336 squadron Eindhoven  
Canada A-4N 3 Discovery Air Defence Wittmund Private contractor
Total   6
Support aircraft (on arrival and/or departure days):
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft: Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
Poland C-295M 2 13 ELTr Krakow-Balice  
Spain KC-130H 1 Ala 31 Zaragoza  
United States C-17A 1 89th AS / 445th AW Wright Patterson AFB AFRC
    1 155th AS / 164th AW Memphis IAP TN ANG
    1 167th AS / 167th AW Martinsburg WV ANG
Total   6


The F-15s from the MA and OR ANG were the first to arrive at Leeuwarden (First cell on March 15). Prior to taking part in Frisian Flag they conducted training missions with the resident 322 squadron F-16s. Support for the deployment was provided by several C-17A's of which three arrived and departed on March 15.

The German Air Force participants always arrive on the Thursday. This year four arrived on the Thursday with the remaining three arriving on the Friday. The Thursday also saw the arrival of the Polish Air Force Mig-29's. All other participants arrived on Friday.


France, Germany, Netherlands, NATO, Poland, Spain, United States.
F-15, F-16, F/A-18, EF-2000, Mig-29, Mirage 2000, Rafale, C-17, C-130, C-160, C-295, E-3.
Frisian Flag participants 2018
 French Air Force Mirage 2000D EC 003  French Air Force Rafale B EC 004  French Air Force EC Rafale C EC 030
German Air Force EF-2000 TLG 71

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM 312 squadron Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16BM 312 squadron
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM 313 squadron Polish Air Force F-16C 3 / 6 ELT.

Spanish Air Force EF-18M Ala 15 Spanish Air Force EF-18BM Ala 15 United States Air Force F-15C 123 FS
United States Air Force F-15C 131 FS    
Photo gallery March 15 (arrival first F-15C wave) 
USAF C-17's flew in personnel for the and equipment for the F-15 squadrons On March 15 three Globemasters 
arrived and departed. First was an AFRC C-17A assigned to the 89th AS  followed by the ANG 155th AS and
167th AS. The F-15 Eagles would arrive in two  waves of six aircraft each.
An 131 FS F-15C on final runway 05 
followed by its colleague of the 123rd FS
OR ANG is stationed at Portland on the West coast 
MA ANG is stationed at Barnes on the East coast.     
 Photo gallery April 6 (arrival day)
German AIr Force EF-2000  followed by a Polish Air Force F-16C and French Rafale B
French Air Force Mirage 2000D  A Spanish Air Force KC-130H (tanker) arrived as support for the EF-18 Hornets. 
French AF Rafale EC 03.030 (SPA 162) in its 100 year anniversary tiger scheme.  Another Rafale assigned to EC 01.030
The Polish Air Force C-295M of which two arrived.
Arriving from Volkel, RNLAF F-16AM
The second Polish Casa in support of its F-16 and Mig-29 squadrons. Arrival of the first Spanish Air Force Hornets. 
Spanish AF four-ship EF-18's on initial  and overhead break to land on runway 23.
Photo gallery April 17