The first of a second batch of 18 F-16s the Netherlands sold to Chile left Leeuwarden air base in the Netherlands this morning to their new home base in Antofagasta. The aircraft will make stopovers in Gran Canaria and Brazil before reaching Chile.
Dutch Ministry of Defense photo
The Chilean air force will be receiving the mid-life update version of the F-16. Fourteen of the former Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s will be used for training. They will join a first batch of 18 former RNLAF F-16s sold to Chile in 2006.
The sale of the second batch of F-16s includes the training of 75 Chilean technicians by Dutch industry. It will reduce the number of RNLAF F-16s from 105 to 87.