General Dynamics (Fokker) F-16BM Fighting Falcon (691 / FN-K) from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (Luftforsvaret)
at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The General Dynamics (Fokker) F-16BM Fighting Falcon, serial 691 of the 331st skvadron (331 skv), received a special paint scheme as the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Norway was inspired to paint this Fighting Falcon in the colours of a Spitfire it once used. That special aircraft involved is Spitfire IX, PL258 FN-K, of 331 (Norwegian) Squadron. This particular aircraft has a Norwegian wartime history. FN-K crash landed on 29 December 1944 near Tubbergen, the Netherlands. The aircraft landed on its belly in a field. Remains of the wreckage were located by a team of the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation. These remains now form the core of a restoration project, and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK has allocated G-NSFS as a temporary registration. When the aircraft restoration is finally completed and test-flown, PL258 FN-K will be transferred to the Norwegian register. On top of this, the Fighting Falcon sports D-Day stripings which are applied on the lower side of the aircraft in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and in commemoration of the battle of Normandy.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.