July 28, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - The Dutch Ministry of Defence, announced that this morning six surplus RNlAF F-16's took off from Leeuwarden airbase, for a new home in Jordan.
RJAF F-16BM #134 is seen parked on the ramp at Aviano AB during transit to Jordan on July 28th, 2009. This jet was former RNlAF #J-653. [Photo by Claudio Tramontin]
The F-16s, all two-seater configured F-16BMs, have been sold to Jordan
in an agreement signed in 2007.
Each of the six jets (Dutch serials: #J-267
) has spent the last few weeks being prepared for the transfer at the Logistics Centre in Woensdrecht with help from technicians from Jordan working alongside Dutch personnel.
Subsequently, acceptance flights have been carried out during the past days at Leeuwarden by Dutch pilots and with pilots of the Jordanian Air Force in the back seats.
The aircraft flown by Jordanian pilots left today heading to their new home near Amman. They are expected to arrive in Jordan tomorrow.