A RNoAF F-16AM being refueled in mid-air by an USAFE KC-135 from the 100th ARW based at Mildenhall. Image taken during IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

“Norwegian F-16s get butts kicked over Iceland”

A RNoAF F-16AM being refueled in mid-air by an USAFE KC-135 from the 100th ARW based at Mildenhall. Image taken during IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
A RNoAF F-16AM being refueled in mid-air by an USAFE KC-135 from the 100th ARW based at Mildenhall. Image taken during IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

LATEST UPDATE 15 MARCH 2014 | Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighter pilots got their butts kicked by Swedish Gripen jocks during the Iceland Air Meet 2014 currently taking place in the skies over the Atlantic island nation.

UPDATE 25 FEBRUARY 2014:
Check out the very nice photo report by Karl Georg (flickr.com) >>>

According to the Swedish division chief at Keflavik that is. “We were practicing aerial defence with an aggressive attacker using advanced missiles”, says Lt. Col. Carl-Fredrik Edström to the Swedish national quality newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Four Flygvapnet JAS 39 Gripens and four Finnish Air Force F-18 Hornets formed the Blue Force, defending an area, while four RNoAF F-16s were the Red Force. Edström: “We won, of course. The Norwegians might be ahead of us during the Olympic Games, but not when we meet them in the air.”

Tough talk since the Norwegians were outnumbered 2:1 and since Red is supposed to go down, so we at AIRheads↑Fly would like to give those F-16 jocks some moral support by enriching this news catch with some nice official imagery from the current IAM 2014 operations at Iceland provided by Royal Norwegian Air Force personnel.

A pair of RNoAF F-16AMs arriving at Keflavik Airbase for IAM 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
A pair of RNoAF F-16AMs arriving at Keflavik Airbase for IAM 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

During the Iceland Air Meet 2014 Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian pilots together with Icelandic search and rescue forces – all supported by ground personnel – operate separately from the normal NATO air defence command system. Although Sweden and Finland have both fighter units assigned to the NATO air forces, neither of the two countries is an official member of the military alliance.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 takes place from 3 to 20 February. Base of operations Keflavik is located near the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger with additional info provided by the Swedish and Norwegian Air Forces (Flygvapnet and Luftforsvaret)

Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripens at Keflavik for IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
Swedish Air Force JAS 39C Gripens at Keflavik for IAM 2014 on 7 February 2014
(Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
Check for more images of Swedish Gripens at Keflavik the SAAB Gripen blog here >>>

The Finnish Army deployed its NH90 to Keflavik for IAM 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
The Finnish Army deployed its NH90 to Keflavik for IAM 2014. The Finnish Ro Ro vessel Mimer transported this helicopter and other materiel from Bodø in Norway to the harbour of Keflavik on Iceland
(Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

A Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornet at Keflavik for the Iceland Air Meet 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
A Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornet at Keflavik for the Iceland Air Meet 2014
(Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

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A pair of RNoAF F-16s being refueled in mid-air by a USAFE 100 ARW KC-135 from RAF Mildenhall (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
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(Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
A RNoAF F-16AM at Keflavik, Iceland, February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)
A RNoAF F-16AM at Keflavik, Iceland, February 2014 (Image © Luftforsvaret / Forsvarets medisenter)

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