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On the website you will find articles and/or photographs covering exercises and squadrons / wings. Furthermore you can find aircraft order and delivery reports for aircraft manufacturers and countries. The aircraft section is currently being changed with a focus of reports presented by both manufacturer and aircraft role. For the last reporting is done on the primarily role of an aircraft (example: all C-130 Hercules aircraft are reported under Transport / AAR / MRTT despite its many versions and mission specially within the USAF).
Countries are added when at least one photograph of an aircraft is available but the main focus will be on EU and NATO countries. Within the Defence budget and review section you will find information about budget plans, request and strategic reviews.

Articles and/or photographs have also been published by aviation magazines (print and online) please visit Publications for an overview of published work.

Updates will be done on a regular basis. Please see below details for the latest updates made to the website or follow me on Twitter @phantomaviation.

All photo's on the website are made by me and are not allowed to be used without prior written approval.

M. Jaarsma
Latest updates
Below you will find an overview of the most recent updates on the website and an overview of exercise to be held in The Netherlands.
Netherlands: exercise(s) 2020:
Frisian Flag 2020 EART 2020 Swift Blade 2020
Defender Europe 20    
Exercise notes:

Nov 13: Frisian Flag 2020 (March 23 until April 3).

EART: The exercise has to be confirmed by the EATC but will normally run alongside Frisian Flag to provide the AAR assets.

Swift Blade: Will be organized by the DHC and run from Gilze-Rijen in April (period isn't yet published).

Defender Europe 20: US Army exercise from February until July 2020. Planned 37.000 troops (20.000 from the USA and 17.000 from several NATO countries).
Publications to follow in the next months:
Market Garden 75th anniversary (Published in Taiwan).
Exercise Falcon Leap 2019.

Sanicole spotters day Kleine-Brogel

RNLAF 131 EMVO Squadron

RIAT 2019

421st (E)FS deployment to Europe, Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
Published Scramble 484 - Sept. 19
Centrum Leteckého Výcviku (CLV – Flight Training Center), Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Published Scramble 485 - Oct. 19.
Website updates:
Regular updates (monthly, quarterly):

Nov 21: DSCA Approved and FMS orders
Nov 18: 309th AMARG
Oct 10: Boeing Defense
Oct 06: Airbus Defence, A310MRTT, A330MRTT, A400M, C-295
Oct 06: Lockheed Martin, F-16, F-22, F-35, C-5, C-130, P-3
Sep 27: NATO Air Policing Mission


US Army - OAR: rotation 5, 3rd CAB

Exercise and reports:

Nov 1:  Chinook navigation flight at former Soesterberg Air Base
Oct 24: NATO-Multinational-Multi-Role-Tanker-Transport-Fleet
Oct 17: 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Zeebrugge
Oct 17: US Army Operation Atlantic Resolve. Combat Aviation Brigade rotations
Aug 25: RNLAF F-35 long range strike mission.


Nov 20: A330MRTT, C-295
Nov 18: Manufacturers, fighter and bomber aircraft.
Nov 12: Bell, CV/MV-22 Osprey
Nov 05: Lockheed Martin, F-35 Lightning II
Oct 24: Airbus (A310, A320 family, A330, A340, A350
Oct 24: BAe Systems (AV-8 / Harrier, BAe-125, BAe-146, Hawk)

Countries: (October: update of all countries and organizations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America, EATC and NATO. Updates on individual countries or organizations from November are listed below).

Nov 20: United Arab Emirates
Nov 19: Hungary, Montenegro, US Navy: Carrier Air Wings, Aircraft Carriers and Amphibious Assault Ships
Nov 12: US Air Force:, wings and squadrons, Singapore
Nov 06: US Navy Carrier Air Wings, Aircraft Carriers and Amphibious Assault Ships.
Nov 01: Netherlands, F-35A Lightning II, wing and squadrons, wings and squadrons 1990 to present (including activation, deactivation and anniversary information).

Air Show:

Nov 03: Luchtmachtdagen 2019, RNLAF Volkel Air Base
Jun 03: Čáslav May 25 (Czech Air Force open house)
Latest photographs
3rd CAB arrived in Europe. Zeebrugge October 16.

3rd CAB helicopters in the process of being flown to Chievre. Zeebrugge October 16. 1st CAB on their way home staging through Eindhoven on the way to Rotterdam. Eindhoven October 14.