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Frisian Flag
 
Latest update: January 2020
 
Frisian Flag is the Royal Netherlands Air Force fighter aircraft exercise annually held at Leeuwarden Air Base. The exercise runs two weeks in March and/or April depending on the date of Easter.

Aircraft will arrive on the Thursday and Friday in the week prior to the exercise. The German Air Force until 2019 arrived with most of their aircraft on the Thursday with the remaining aircraft on the Friday. USAF F-15 and F-16 squadrons arrived earlier depending on their Operation Atlantic Resolve tasking and depending on their arrival date at Leeuwarden flew local missions before Frisian Flag. The other participants usually arrive on the Friday. Viewing the action can be done at the spotters place at runway 05 (Marsum) or runway 23 (Jelsum). During Frisian Flag and depending on the presence of USAF aircraft conducting (local) training before the exercise both parking and viewing restrictions are in place. Please check the website of the Department of Defence or follow Leeuwarden Air Base on Twitter @VlbLeeuwarden.
 
Frisian Flag participants 
 
Country Aircraft 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Belgium F-16AM/BM No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Denmark F-16AM/BM No No No No No No Yes No No
Finland F/A-18C Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
France Mirage F.1CR No No No No No No No Yes No
  Mirage 2000B/C No No No No No No No Yes No
  Mirage 2000D No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
  Rafale B No No Yes No No No No No No
  Rafale C No No Yes No No No No No No
Germany EF-2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands F-16AM/BM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  F-35A Yes No No No No No No No No
Norway F-16AM/BM No No No No No No Yes No Yes
  Falcon 20 No No No No Yes No No No No
Poland F-16C/D No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
  Mig-29A No No Yes No No No No No No
Portugal F-16AM/BM No No No Yes No No Yes No No
Spain EF-18A/B No No Yes No No Yes No No No
  EF-2000 No No No No No No Yes No No
Sweden JAS-39C/D No No No No No No No Yes Yes
Switzerland F/A-18C No Yes No No No No No No No
United Kingdom F-35B TBC No No No No No No No No
  Typhoon FGR.4 No No No No No No No No Yes
  Tornado GR.4 No No No Yes Yes No No No No
United States F-15C/D TBC No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
  F-16C/D No Yes No No No No No No No
                     
 
Frisian Flag exercises 
 
Frisian Flag 2020 Frisian Flag 2019 Frisian Flag 2018
     
     
Frisian Flag 2017 Frisian Flag 2016 Frisian Flag 2015
   
 
Photo gallery participating aircraft
 
 
Belgian Air Component F-16AM Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM Finnish Air Force F/A-18C
     
     
 French Air Force Mirage F.1CR French Air Force Mirage 2000B French Air Force Mirage 2000C
     
     
 French Air Force Mirage 2000D  French Air Force Rafale B  French Air Force Rafale C
     
     
 German Air Force EF-2000  Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM  Norwegian Air Force F-16AM
     
     
 Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20  Polish Air Force F-16C  Polish Air Force Mig-29A
     
     
 Portuguese Air Force F-16AM  Spanish Air Force EF-18A  Spanish Air Force EF-2000
     
     
 Swedish Air Force JAS-39  Swiss Air Force F/A-18C  Royal Air Force Tornado GR.4
     
     
 Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR.4  USAF - Air National Guard F-15C  USAF - Air National Guard F-16C