Category Archives: Trips

Frisian Flag 2013

In spite of severe cutbacks within most armed forces the Frisian Flag exercise attracted a nice variety of fighters to the northenmost Dutch airbase Leeuwarden. Including 4 French Mirage F-1CR’s which are due to be phased out next year.

Frisian Flag 2012

After the 2011 edition of this exercise was cancelled due to commitments in Lybia, Leeuwarden AB in the Dutch province of Friesland was again scene to the Frisian Flag exercise which analogous to the US Red Flag exercise plays host to 50 fighters and support aircraft. Although fewer in numbers as Leeuwarden simply doesn’t have the tarmac to host more participants, it serves the same goal, namely to enable airforces to train and fight in a realistic environment.

A day at the fence at Satenas AB

Satenas is the home of the F7 wing with one JAS39 gripen conversion squadron (or Division as its called within the Svenska Flygvapnet) and an operational JAS39 squadron. Also a Sk60 (Saab 105) liason and Tp84 (Hercules) squadron is present here. During GVR Aviation visit a number of Gripens from Lulea’s F21 were present to participate in a large 16 ship formation. Presumably this was for the marriage of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden which married during the following weekend.