The first Dutch F-35 fighter plane will arrive next Thursday afternoon at the Leeuwarden Air Base, after which the JSF will immediately make a fly-past.
The so-called Joint Strike Fighter will make a sort of honorary circuit, in which the F-16s stationed in Leeuwarden will also participate. The arrival of the F-35 is likely to attract many spotters and other interested parties.
Several traffic measures have been taken around the airbase to ensure that this runs smoothly: 2,500 guests are expected at the airbase itself, including people from defense, local residents and politicians.
The first Dutch JSF will fly to the Netherlands from Italy. It is not yet known exactly what time the F-35 will arrive. A total of 46 JSFs are coming to the Netherlands, they will replace all current F-16s that are now stationed at the airbase of Leeuwarden and Volkel in Brabant.
The JSF’s themselves are made in Texas. From next year a fighter jet will come to the Netherlands approximately every quarter.