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Dutch in the Desert

The Royal Netherlands Air Force aren't blessed with the best climate to train their pilots, so it has relied on partnerships with other air forces to provide a base suitable for training pilots all-year round. The most obvious place is the desert areas of the United States; and so, the current training partner is the Arizona Air National Guard’s (AZ ANG) 162nd Fighter Wing based opposite the commercial terminal at Tucson International Airport. Tuscon lies in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by a number of mountain ranges that provide an environment perfect for training pilots in various combat scenarios that mimic their most likely theatre of combat operations.

The 148th Fighter Squadron currently hosts the traininee F-16 pilots from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The 148th FS flies ten F-16 aircraft; five F-16AM single-seat fighters and five F-16BM twin-seat fighters all owned and operated by the Dutch Air Force. All aircraft within the training wing are identical to those aircraft flown by the 306 and 322 Squardrons back in Holland, and any modifcations are immediately made to the US-based aircraft so that pilots do not need to undergo any further training when they move to an opeartional squadron back home.

The photographs in this collections were taken by John Stiles whilst on a visit to the 148th Fighter Wing in December 2017.


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AU8A0675 
 The final paperwork is gone through before the next mission. Nice advert for Snap-On! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, pilot
IMG 7430 
 Waiting for departure. The pilot of J-010 (ex 88-0010) waits for departure before the next mission on 5th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, pilot
IMG 7581 
 With a leading-edge vapour trail, F-16 J-366 (ex-84-1366) gets up close on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7585 
 Attitude! F-16 J-010 (ex 88-0010) flys as slowly as possible to get a great close-up of the aircraft! 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7592 
 Moustache time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A0919 
 F-16AMs J-0010 (ex 88-0010) and J-366 (ex 84-1366) of the 148th FS based at Tucson Arizona fly in close formation over the desert on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A0982 
 F-16s J-010 (ex 88-0010) and J-366 (ex 84-1366) over the desert on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A0991 
 F-16 J-010 shows off it's guidance systems over Arizona on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1264 
 Look at us! F-16s J-010 and J-366 fly slow over the desert on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7640 
 Up close and Personal! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1306 
 And break....... 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7656 
 On Approach... 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7788 
 Fooled ya...! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7803 
 The Office... 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1378 
 Four F-16s from 148th FS fly in formation over the Arizona Desert. J-010, J-064, J-067 and J-366 on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7827 
 A 148th FS F-16 climbs away from the Asarco Copper Mine near Tucson Arizona on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1501 
 The huge Asarco Copper Mine near Tucson forms the backdrop for 3 F-16s from the 148th FS on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1519 
 Four F-16s from 148th FS fly in formation over the Arizona Desert. J-010, J-064, J-067 and J-366 on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1528 
 Four F-16s from 148th FS fly in formation over the Arizona Desert. J-010, J-064, J-067 and J-366 on 6th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
IMG 7910 
 Vapour! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1577 
 Anything you can do.... 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1609-1 
 Counter Measures.... 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1622 
 Flares...! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1638 
 F-16 J-019 (ex-89-0019) rests at the end of the day against a glorious sunset on 7th December 2017 at the 148th FS home at Tucson International Airport. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air-to-air
AU8A1666 
 Ground crew inspect F-16 J-010 of the 148th FS at Tucson on 7th December 2017. 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, ground crew
AU8A1817 
 148th FS Ground crew who helped make the air-to-air flights possible.. thanks guys! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, ground crew
AU8A1833 
 The 4 pilots from 148th FS who were just awesome! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, pilots
AU8A1887 
 Ready for tomorrow! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, ground
AU8A2203 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2232 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2268 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2272 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2326 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2373 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2431 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2475 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air
AU8A2634 
 Canyon Time! 
 Keywords: F-16, Netherlands, 148th FS, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2017, air

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