Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Demo Team, one of the most popular solo jet performers across Europe, will not be displaying in 2015 due to various operational pressures the Netherlands Air Force is experiencing. The announcement was made on the Demo Team’s Facebook feed:

Last week the decision has been made for the F-16 Demo Team not to perform in 2015. The reason for this is the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s participation in missions over Iraq together with other operational commitments. Next to this, the Dutch pilots need the planes to train for their missions. The current scale of our operations has made it necessary to postpone the the demo season to 2016. Slick will be behind the stick once again and he and his team are proud to represent the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 2016 with a spectacular new show!

During this year we will entertain you with photo’s and video’s where we have them available. Hope to see you al next year where we will start our training in Gila Bent near Phoenix, Arizona.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 Demo Team were popular performer at many European Airshows and have always supported UK airshows very well. The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford has seen annual visits by the team for many years, but the team also appeared at the other RAF Shows at Waddington, Leuchars and Cosford plus the Royal Navy’s Air Days at Yeovilton and Culdrose in recent years. As well as the major military events, Dutch F-16s solo displays were often seen at big civilian run airshows such as the Bournemouth Air Festival, Kemble Air Day, Abingdon Air and Country Show, Eastbourne Airbourne plus the Sunderland International Airshow.

2016 which will see the return of the F-16 Demo Team will be an important year for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The yer will see the return of it’s own military airshow, the Open Dagen which will hopefully see the European debut of the air arm’s F-35A Lightning II fighter.