The Royal Norwegian Air Force has retired its two Dassault Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft, bringing to an end half a century of operations with the adapted business jets.

A last operational flight with the Gardermoen-based type was conducted on 30 September, the service says.

RNoAF Falcon

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Norway had operated its electronic warfare-adapted Falcon 20s since 1972

Cirium fleets data shows that the special mission assets had been operated by the service since 1972. A third example, introduced in 1994, was retired from use in December 2017.

“Norway’s new [Lockheed Martin] F-35 fighter aircraft and [Boeing] P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will take over the DA-20 tasks,” the air force says.

RNoAF Falcon 20

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Retired type’s duties will be assumed by F-35 fighters and P-8 maritime patrol aircraft

Oslo has so far received 34 F-35As, from a planned 52-aircraft acquisition, and five 737NG-based P-8s. Its air force also earlier this year retired its last Lockheed F-16AM/BM fighters, after 42 years of use.