General Dynamics (Fokker) F-16AM Fighting Falcon (J-646) from the Royal Netherlands Air Force at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht or KLu) originally purchased 213 F-16A/B aircraft with the air arm being one of the four European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) in the programme and one of 5 countries to build the F-16 locally. All operational F-16s operated by the Netherlands went through the Mid-Life Update (MLU). A Multinational Operational Test and Evaluation center for the F-16A/B Mid-Life Update was set up at Leeuwarden Air Base in 1997. As part of on-going defence cuts, the number of F-16s to feature the upgrade was reduced from 170 to 138 in mid-1993. Another forced reductions saw the fleet reduced to 68 aircraft. These will remain operational until 2020-2025 when they will be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter).
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.