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Falcon Leap 2015
Latest update: September 2018
Exercise Falcon Leap was held from Wednesday September 13 until Friday September 15.
Participants Falcon Leap 2015
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
Belgium C-130H 1 20 Smaldeel Melsbroek  
Germany C-160D 2 LTG 63 Hohn  
Netherlands C-130H.30 1 336 squadron Eindhoven  
Total   4
Missions and jump locations  
Jump locations: Date Planned missions: Executed missions:
Marnewaard September 16 Unknown (3?) 0
Ginkelse heide September 17 Unknown (3?) 0
Houtdorperveld September 18 4 4
Total   4 4

In preparation of the main air drop at the Ginkelse Heide, being one of the Market Garden drop zones used by the British 1st Airborne Division and Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade, the Royal Netherlands Army 11th Airborne Brigade organized a series of para jumps. The para drop on the Wednesday at Marnehuizen in Northern Netherlands was cancelled due to bad weather. The next day the intended jump at the Ginkelse Heide was cancelled again due to the weather but the airborne troops assembled to complete a march following the route taken by Lt. Col. John Frost in September 1994 towards the Rhine bridge now named in his honor. On Friday the weather cleared and finally the paratroopers and aircrews could start with their exercises. Two Hercules and two Transalls departed Eindhoven Air Base and headed north towards Veluwe village Ermelo to conduct exercise Falcon Leap on the heath land called Houtdorperveld. The latter formed the location for the para droppings in the movie A Bridge too Far. A total of four missions were flown to drop all airborne soldiers from Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States.
Photo gallery Eindhoven September 15 (German Air Force C-160D arrival)
Photo gallery Houtdorperveld September 18