Anniversary tail Dutch F-16 323 squadron
Lockheed Martin F-16A Block 20 MLU (or F-16AM) c/n 6D-158 (produced by the former Fokker factory in 1990 at Schiphol Amsterdam airport with local c/n L-281) and U.S. Senate appropriation number 88-0002, with tailnumber J-002 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) 323 squadron, powering up at Volkel airbase in The Netherlands (EHVK) on 29 August 2013. The name of pilot Lt. col. Arnoud "Ditch" Stalmann is painted under the canopy.The aircraft wears the tail livery for the 65th anniversary of the squadron, which was formed as the second Dutch fighter squadron on 15 November 1948. The latin slogan of the squadron is "Impetu Feroci" (attacking ferociously). The squadron emblem depicts Diana, the goddess of hunting, as an archer with bow and arrow, which apparently provided the squadron artist inspiration for the present tailpainting. An earlier tail livery for the 60th anniversary in 2008, with Diana as pin-up, was rejected by the Dutch air force HQ (see link below). J-002 flew for the first time with the 65-tail on 8 May 2013. Ther Dutch air force only has two fighter bases left, Volkel and Leeuwarden (EHLW)Leeuwarden is the home base of 323 squadron, but because Leeuwarden is under heavy maintenance, all Dutch F-16s are temporarily stationed at Volkel, with 323 moving to transport air base Eindhoven (EHEH) soon. J-002 was handed over to the Dutch air force on 29 June 1990 as an F-16A Block 15AE OCU and was converted to its present standard in 1998/1999 .
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