Unique flypast: KLM 737 & 10 F-16s
A unique flypast was presented during the second day of the Open Days of the Royal Netherlands Air Forced (RNLAF) at Volkel air base (EHVK) in The Netherlands on 15 June 2013. KLM Boeing 737 c/n 29132 PH-BXB "Valk/Falcon" was escorted by 10 Dutch Air Force F-16s. The aircraft came to Volkel to take 130 disabled and chronically ill children and their carers back to Schiphol Amsterdam airport (EHAM). Unfortunately, airshow regulations made it impossible to have the children on board during the flypast.The initiative for the flight was taken by the Dutch High Flyers Foundation ("Stichting Hoogvliegers" in Dutch), which organizes pleasure flights for disabled and severely ill youngsters and their carers. The escort constituted over 15% of the total Dutch Air Force fighter strength, as after the most recent budget cuts only 62 F-16s remain in the inventory of the RNLAF, which this year celebrates 100 years of military aviation in The Netherlands. The escorting F-16s are (all from left to right): flying left of the 737 J-870, J-055, J-003 and J-005, behind the 737 two-seater AZ 68 and J-616 and to the right of PH-BXB J-513, J-643, J-016 and J-014.
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