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Falcon Leap 2016
 
Latest update: September 2016
 
The Royal Netherlands Army 11th Airmobile Brigade (11 Luchtmobiele Brigade) organized exercise Falcon Leap 2016 prior to the annual WWII Operation Market Garden commemoration para jumps.

Falcon Leap started on Wednesday September 14th and ended on Friday September 16th. Three mission area's were used with all the exercise days Royal Netherlands Air Force Military Aerodrome Deelen used between 15.00 and 16.00 for free fall jumps. The other days were divided between Houtdorperveld (between the Veluwe villages Garderen and Speuld and west of the provincial road N302) and Ginkelse heide (east of Ede and South of provincial road N224). During WW II the 1st British Airborne Division used the Ginkelse heide as one of their drop zones to conquer the Rhine river bridge in Arnhem. To safely conduct the para jumps an airspace reservation was made for the 10.00 - 14.00 time frame (Houtdorperveld and Ginkelse heide) and 15:00 - 16:00 (Deelen). The actual exercise times can be found in the table below.
 
   
Ginkelse heide September 15th. Houtdorperveld September 14th. Ginkelse heide September 15th.
 
Participants
 
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
           
Germany C-160D 1 LTG 61 Landsberg  
  C-160D 1 LTG 63 Hohn  
Netherlands C-130H 1 336 squadron Eindhoven  
  C-130H.30 1 336 squadron Eindhoven  
Poland C-295M 1 13 ELTr Krakow-Balice  
United States C-130J.30 1 37th AS Ramstein  
           
Total   6

Comment: See exercise locations for missions times.
 
 
Belgian Air Force C-130H 20 Smaldeel. German Air Force Transall LTG 61 German Air Force Transall LTG 63
     
   
Polish Air Force C-295M 8 BLTr Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H-30
     
   
United Kingdom Hercules C.4   United States Air Forces EUR. C-130J-30
 
Participating aircraft and squadron, wing:
 
Country: Division, Brigade, Regiment Barracks (HQ):
     
Belgium 3 Bataljon Parachutisten Tielen
Canada 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (3 R22eR) Valcartier, Québec
Germany Luftlandebrigade 1, RGT 31 Stadtallendorf
Italy Brigata Paracadutisti Tuscany, Lazio and Veneto
Netherlands 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade Schaarsbergen
Poland 6 Brygady Powietrznodesantowej Krakow
United Kingdom The Parachute Regiment, 4 PARA (battalion) Pudsey, West Yorkshire
United States 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina
United States 56th Troop Command (US Army National Guard) Fogarty Armory, Rhode Island
     

Comments:

The Operationeel Ondersteuningscommando Land (OOCL - Operational Support Command Land) supported
11 Luchtmobiele Brigade during the exercise.
 
Photo gallery Houtdorperveld September 14th
 
The formation order: Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H-30 and C-130H, USAFE C-130J-30, Polish Air Force C-292M and German Air Force C-160D (LTG 63 and LTG 61). Photo gallery presented in the same order. 
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Photo gallery Ginkelse heide September 15th 
 
The formation order: Royal Netherlands Air Force C-130H-30 and C-130H, USAFE C-130J-30, Polish Air Force C-292M and German Air Force C-160D (LTG 63 and LTG 61). Photo gallery presented in the same order.  
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
Exercise locations
 
Jump locations: Date Planned missions: Executed missions:
       
Houtdorperveld September 14 2  
Deelen September 14 1  
Ginkelse heide September 15 2  
Deelen September 14 1  
Houtdorperveld September 16 2 Cancelled
Deelen September 16 1 Unknown
       
Total   9 0