Dutch F-16s are provided enhanced situational awareness thanks to the F-35's sensors and data link system. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Fire and take aim!

A Dutch F-16 performs a flyby for the camera. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Dutch F-16 performs a flyby for the camera. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Fire and take aim! If you read that very quickly, you maybe won’t even notice that its usually the other way around. That lesson was also learned by a Dutch F-16 pilot on Monday while practicing air to ground gunnery at the Vliehors range at Vlieland, an island in the nortwestern part of the Netherlands. He fired the M61A1 Vulcan gun at the range control tower instead of the intended target, Dutch MoD reported.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which is now being investigated. Similar incidents took place in 2001 and 1992, luckily also without any serious harm done. The F-16 involved on Monday was flying from Vokel airbase.

Some earlier footage including live firing, taken from the tower involved:

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