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Check out these photos of the RDAF F-16AM adorned to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag

On Jun. 15, 2019 F-16AM E-191 made a roundtrip over Denmark to celebrate 800 years of Dannebrog (the Danish national flag).

On Jun. 15, 2019, a Kongelige Danske Flyvevåben (KDF, Royal Danish Air Force, RDAF) F-16AM made a roundtrip over Denmark to celebrate 800 years of Dannebrog (the Danish national flag). For this occasion, the F-16AM Fighting Falcon (serial E-191) was completely adorned with a cool paint scheme (designed by aviation artist Mads Bangso) featuring the Danish flag and 800 years markings.

As reported by Scramble Facebook News Magazine, Denmark is Europe’s oldest kingdom and its flag – the oldest European flag – was officially adopted in 1625. The red flag with a white cross is known as the Dannebrog, or Danish Cloth. According to Danish legend, the Dannebrog descended from the skies during a battle in Estonia on June 15, 1219.

In the late 1970s, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands started looking for a replacement for the F-104 Starfighter.

These four nations, known as the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF), became the first international customers for the F-16. Together with the US, they started a unique multi-national development program for the F-16.

Under the terms of the agreement, F-16 Fighting Falcons for the EPAF nations were to be produced in Europe.

Danish F-16s for the initial and follow-up order were built on the SABCA production line in Belgium and the Fokker line in The Netherlands respectively.

According to, the Royal Danish Air Force bought a total of 77 F-16A/B aircraft in 2 major batches and 2 attrition replacement orders. Of these, 48 aircraft and 14 spares, all upgraded to MLU standard, will remain operational until 2020-2025 when they will be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II.

Photo credit: Martin Viknesh

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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