Take-off for a Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM Fighting Falcon (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Falcon versus Fulcrum

This Viper joins a group of birds already in the air. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Archive photo of a RNLAF F-16AM landing (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s have had their first so-called dogfight with Polish Air Force MiG-29s since the Dutch arrived at Malbork Airbase on 3 September.

The Fighting Falcons met the Fulcrums in the skies above the northern Polish military facility, where five RNLAF F-16s have been sent to as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.

Dogfights became well-known amongst the general public after the 1986 film Top Gun, the block buster from director Tony Scott featuring Tom Cruise that as a aviation film of its kind still remains unequaled.

The Netherlands Air Policing Task Force will stay at Malbork until the end of December and has interception of Russian aircraft as an important task. Meanwhile four German Eurofighter EF2000s operate from Ämari in Estonia, with the main BAP force consisting of four Portuguese F-16s and six Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188s fly from Šiauliai in Lithuania. Nine USAFE F-16s are deployed to Lask as a temporary training and reassurance rotation.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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