This Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16B Fighting Falcon was one of a pair deployed briefly to Lakenheath to conduct air-to-air training with the F-35s. Norway is one of the nations purchasing the F-35 and is set to take delivery of its first aircraft in-country later this year. Norway’s fleet will be home-based at Orland. Photo: Tony Osborne/AW&ST
"Miss Yourlovin" from the Confederate Air Force Collection. This collection of nose art panels came to the CAF from Minot Pratt, the general manager of the company that was scrapping planes at the boneyard at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He had ordered his men to cut out and save the most interesting nose art, which he was supposedly going to put up as a fence around his property. This never happened and he donated the pieces to the CAF in the 1960's.
Germany has revealed plans to join the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MFF) alongside the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, to share a fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 multi-role tanker transports. In 2014 the three other nations announced plans to share the burden of operating multirole tanker transports in Europe, and now Germany has decided that as its A310 tanker fleet ages, it will join the effort.
In 2013, the NATO Tigermeet was held for the second consecutive year at the Orland Air Base in Norway from June 17-28. The gathering of Tiger Squadrons has become one of the most important NATO exercise, with over 75 aircraft from 16 nations taking part. The winners of the famous Silver Tiger Trophy were the Reconnaissance Wing 51 “Immelmann” (AG51) of the German Air Force, flying the Tornado ECR. They also won the prices for best looking uniform as well as the most fancy paint scheme.
A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle finishes refueling a KC-135R Stratotanker in this photo from September 2013. Four F-15s and a KC-135 are headed to Norway for to participate in the Nordic Defence Cooperation exercise.