Exercise Reports
By Gostar den Daas | April 2017

Frisian Flag 2017

Two week combined NATO exercise.

Every year Leeuwarden AB in the Northern part of the Netherlands is home to the combined NATO exercise, Frisian Flag. This year two USAF F-15 ANG units joint amongst Dutch, German, Belgium, French, English and Portuguese units. In two week’s time, the aircraft flew two sorties a day over the North sea West of Denmark.

The exercise took place from 27 March till 7 April. Thousands of aircraft enthusiasts gathered during this time to see the two wave take-offs and landings. Aviation Group Leeuwarden and the Dutch Air Force again this year organized great facilities for the spotters, with parking next to the Runway at Marssum, toilets and even a burger stand.

The weather was challenging during the exercise, but there were some excellent days, giving superb photo opportunities.

First wave

The photo’s were made April 5 during the first wave of the day. Most of the joining aircraft were participating this day. Start towards Marssum on the 05 and landing from Jelsum on 23.


J-063, F-16

J-016, F-16

-, F-16

15115, F-16

ZA459 / 025, Tornado

ZG779 / 136, Tornado

653 / 3-AU, Mirage 2000

617 / 3-IS , Mirage 2000

668 / 3-IG, Mirage 2000

J-009, F-16

FA-128, F-16

FA-70, F-16

-, EF2000

J-144 , F-16

J-135, F-16

83-0012 / JZ, F-15

J-005, F-16

-, EF2000

31+30, EF2000

31+31, EF2000

31+31, EF2000

-, F-16

J-011, F-16

J-136, F-16

-, F-16

J-063, F-16

J-016, F-16

J-009, F-16

J-516, F-16

FB-24, F-16

FA-124, F-16

-, Tornado

ZA554 / 046, Tornado

ZA459 / 025, Tornado

ZA447 / 019, Tornado

ZG779 / 136, Tornado

-, EF2000

30+98, EF2000

31+36, EF2000

31+40, EF2000

J-066, F-16

FA-116, F-16AM

FA-118, F-16

FA-128, F-16

FA-70, F-16

J-632, F-16

J-135, F-16

-, F-15

81-0039 / JZ, F-15

85-0096, F-15

83-0036 / JZ, F-15

86-0162, F-15

30+52, EF2000

31+39, EF2000

653 / 3-AU, Mirage 2000

617 / 3-IS, Mirage 2000

668 / 3-IG, Mirage 2000

15104, F-16AM

15110, F-16

15115, F-16

15105, F-16

83-0012 / JZ, F-15

83-0041 / JZ, F-15

85-0102 / JZ, F-15

85-0102 / JZ, F-15

85-0102 / JZ, F-15

86-0148, F-15

83-0012 / JZ, F-15

G-FRAU, Falcon 20

Second wave

The second wave started towards Marssum again, but unlike most of the days during the exercise they also landed from the Marssum side.


FA-70 , F-16

671 / 3-XK, Mirage 2000

J-063 , F-16

J-136, F-16

31+30, EF2000

J-065, F-16

J-009, F-16

J-066, F-16

J-066 , F-16

J-509, F-16

J-135, F-16

J-144, F-16

J-516, F-16

85-0102 / JZ, F-15

86-0161, F-15

86-0162, F-15

ZG779 / 136, Tornado

ZA459 / 025, Tornado

FA-124 , F-16

J-065, F-16

-, Tornado

ZG779 / 136, Tornado

ZG779 / 136, Tornado

ZA459 / 025, Tornado

31+36, EF2000

31+40, EF2000

31+39, EF2000

30+98, EF2000

15110, F-16

15104, F-16

15101, F-16

15105, F-16

J-632, F-16

J-516, F-16

J-135, F-16

J-144, F-16

30+52, EF2000

30+52, EF2000

31+30, EF2000

FA-116, F-16

-, F-15

FA-70, F-16

FA-70, F-16

FA-118, F-16

FA-121, F-16

-, Mirage 2000

85-0102 / JZ, F-15

86-0161, F-15

86-0162, F-15

81-0039 / JZ, F-15

653 / 3-AU, Mirage 2000

671 / 3-XK, Mirage 2000

668 / 3-IG, Mirage 2000

617 / 3-IS , Mirage 2000

J-011, F-16

J-016, F-16

J-009, F-16

-, F-16

FB-24, F-16

FA-124, F-16

J-005, F-16

J-630, F-16

-, F-15

J-063, F-16

J-066, F-16

J-066, F-16

J-509, F-16

83-0036 / JZ, F-15

83-0041 / JZ, F-15

83-0041 / JZ, F-15

J-136, F-16

G-FRAU, Falcon 20

G-FRAU, Falcon 20

A week before, on March 29, these shots were made, in bad weather conditions.


86-0155, F-15

80-0058, F-15

FA-121, F-16

FA-124, F-16

Log 5 April 2017

Aircraft noted during the 2 waves flown on that day.

Serial Aircraft Unit/Notes
J-005F-16AM312 sqn
J-009F-16AM313 sqn
J-011F-16AM312 sqn
J-016F-16AM312 sqn
J-063F-16AM313 sqn
J-065F-16BM322 sqn, 2nd wave only
J-066F-16BM322 sqn “Orange Jumper”
J-135F-16AM322 sqn
J-136F-16AM312 sqn
J-144F-16AM322 sqn
J-509F-16AM322 sqn
J-516F-16AM322 sqn
J-630F-16AM312 sqn
J-632F-16AM322 sqn
FA-70F-16AM10w, 75 years 349
FA-116F-16AM10w
FA-118F-16AM10w
FA-121F-16AM2w, 2nd wave only
FA-124F-16AM10w
FA-128F-16AM2w
FB-24F-16BM10w
30+52EF2000TLG31
30+98EF2000TLG31
31+30EF2000TLG31
31+31EF2000TLG31, “Spirit of Oswald Boelcke" c/s
31+36EF2000TLG31
31+39EF2000TLG31
31+40EF2000TLG31
ZA459 / 025Tornado GR431 sq
ZA447 / 019Tornado GR431 sq
ZA554 / 046Tornado GR431 sq
ZG779 / 136Tornado GR431 sq
653 / 3-AUMirage 2000DETD02.007
668 / 3-IGMirage 2000DEC02.003
617 / 3-ISMirage 2000DEC02.003
671 / 3-XKMirage 2000DEC02.003, 2nd wave only
15101F-16AMEsq201/301, 2nd wave only
15104F-16AMEsq201/301
15105F-16AMEsq201/301
15110F-16AMEsq201/301
15115F-16AMEsq201/301
81-0039 / JZF-15C122nd FS LA ANG
83-0012 / JZF-15C122nd FS LA ANG
83-0036 / JZF-15C122nd FS LA ANG
83-0041 / JZF-15C122nd FS LA ANG
85-0096F-15C159th FS FL ANG
85-0102 / JZF-15C122nd FS LA ANG , “159 FW” mks
86-0148F-15C159th FS FL ANG
86-0161F-15C159th FS FL ANG , 2nd wave only
86-0162F-15C159th FS FL ANG
G-FRAUFalcon 20Gobham

Also present, but not flying on the 5th. These aircraft were noted a week earlier on March 29.

Serial Aircraft Unit/Notes
J-002F-16AM322 sqn
J-020F-16AM312 sqn
J-642F-16AM312/313 sqn
31+34EF2000TLG31
31+29EF2000TLG31
ZA369 / 003Tornado GR4A
677 / 133-JTMirage 2000DEC02.003
80-0058F-15D159th FS FL ANG
86-0155F-15C159th FS FL ANG

Also present, or joining but not seen. The tanker support operated from Eindhoven AB in the South of the country.

Serial Aircraft Unit/Notes
ZA472/031Tornado GR4A
31+33EF2000TLG31
T-264KDC-10334 sqn, Eindhoven
T-235KDC-10334 sqn, Eindhoven
10+24A310-304MRTTFBS BMVg, Eindhoven
470 / 31-CAC-135FRGRV02.091, Eindhoven
MM62228/14-03KC-767A8° Gruppo, Eindhoven
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