Norway’s First Three F-35 Jets Have Just Landed At Orland Air Force Station

Nov 03 2017 - 35 Comments

The first three 5th Generation stealth aircraft have arrived in Norway.

On Nov. 3, at about 15.57 local time, the first three F-35A jets (AM-8, AM-9 and AM-10) destined to the RNoAF (Royal Norwegian Air Force) and delivered directly to Norway have landed at Ørland Air Force Station, in central Norway.

Norway plans to procure up to 52 F-35A, at an estimated cost of about NOK 70 billion (+7.3B USD), including weapons and support, to replace its fleet of ageing F-16s, that will be replaced in 2021. The first two aircraft were delivered in 2015 followed by another two in 2016 and three more ones earlier in 2017, but these aircraft were based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they are used for Norwegian and partner country pilot training.

The first three RNoAF F-35s on the ground at Orland Air Force Station, Norway. (RNoAF)

The landing of the three F-35 at their new homebase at Ørland Air Force Station marks the first direct delivery from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility to Norway, where all the remaining planes will be delivered, at a rate of six new jets per year from 2018 onward.

The arrival will be officially celebrated on Nov. 10, 2017, on the day of the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s 73rd anniversary.

Top image credit: Lockheed Martin

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  • veej7485

    Nice!

  • leroy

    I’ve read that Norway won’t need that specialized parachute rig that was gonna be used to slow the F-35 down on icy runways. Interesting, and they’re getting them just-in-time considering aggressive Russian air incursions.

    I can’t wait ’till a Royal Norwegian Air Force JSF sneaks up on a Bear or MiG-31, MiG-27, other junk (especially that ugly P-3 copy the Russians fly. The IL-38) and scare the sh … politely and professionally tell them they better go home. Just like an F-22 did to that dilapidated, barely-still-flying Iranian F-4 in the Persian Gulf.

  • leroy

    Those Norwegian F-16s should be SLEP’d, updated with modern electronics like the NG APG-83 SABR AESA RADAR, and sold to less affluent NATO nations that need them. Romania? Czech Republic? Hungary? F-16 is still a potent fighter, and what better way to scare off The Bear then to run up on him in a practically new F-16? I would put the Viper up against anything Russia flies. Especially if they were outfitted with Meteor.

    • Holztransistor

      The Bear is not scared. The Bear will also not be the one who will attack. But come to his den with bad intentions and you get a bloody nose. Like Napoleon and Hitler.

      You should watch Putin’s Valdai speech to get a clear image of what is thought in Russia about the global situation.


      It has English subtitles.

    • Raymond Berg

      They are nearing the lifetime hours of the airframe and by 2021 they will certainly just be scrapped / put in a museum ..

    • Pacemaker4

      you sure its best use of 5th gen planes in Norway?
      remember this?

      Norway F-16s shoot up control tower
      http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/europe/norway-fighter-jets-fire-on-control-tower/index.html

      • Sotirios Bakaimis

        hahahah!!!! good joke

    • Sotirios Bakaimis

      In Greece’s media “travels” the information that block 30 HAF f-16s that will not face the Viper modernization will be sold to Kroatia or Bulgaria or Romania also

  • BehindEL

    Awesome. Can’t wait to see photos of these jets flying over Norway’s beautiful scenery.

  • Pepe Le Cox
  • Sten Gunnerman

    The turkeys have landed.

  • I would like to fly on such an airplane)

  • Uniform223

    Dont forget about former soviet (Estonia, Latvia, and Poland for example) states that do not want to go back into a “greater” Russia.

    • Holztransistor

      And who says Russia wants those small countries back? There is nothing to gain for them. Before you write something, think if what you write is plausible or just fear mongering by NATO propagandists. Of course they will tell you Russia is dangerous. It’s the old game to get more money for the military. Nothing else.

      • Uniform223

        What did Russia have to gain by steam rolling into Georgia? Same answer, nothing yet they did anyways. Putin wanted to flex military muscle and see what the world would do. For the most part; nothing. Then he did it again in Ukraine. Putin did make comments that he intends to expand and strengthen Russia’s influence both regional and international. In a regional sense what better way then to push around former soviet states.

        • Holztransistor

          https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/russo_georgian_war_and_balance_power
          There. That’s a neat assessment of the situation from Stratfor.
          Quote: “Georgia’s move was deliberate.”

          This time the shelling was just the beginning. Georgia started moving in with troops.

          Russia responded asymmetrically. But the military equipment the Russians used was what the west would consider 2nd line troops. Still enough for a country like Georgia. It’s similar to the U.S. invasion of Grenada or other small countries. Don’t you think? There was indeed nothing to “gain” in Georgia. Russia just made sure that Georgia’s military was crippled for a longer time to prevent further incursions. And in the end Russia left the country for good.

          What exactly did Russia again in Ukraine? I haven’t seen any reports about regular Russian troops from any western intelligence service. Yet, you keep repeating it.

          Joseph Göbbels: “Wenn man eine große Lüge erzählt und sie oft genug
          wiederholt, dann werden die Leute sie am Ende glauben.”

          Translation: If you tell a big lie and you repeat if often enough then the people will believe it in the end.

          That might have worked in the past, when there was no access to other information. But now we have the internet and whistle blowers. We also have hackers like anonymous, who frequently obtain secret documents and publish them.

          The U.S. is considering Latin America their backyard.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Doctrine#Cold_War

          Chile is a good example how the U.S. took part in overthrowing democratically elected governments in that region.

          But when the U.S. meddles with Russia’s backyard, Russia is not allowed to have objections. Typical western double standards.

      • Uniform223

        What did Russia have to gain by steam rolling into Georgia? Same answer, nothing yet they did anyways. Putin wanted to flex military muscle and see what the world would do. For the most part; nothing. Then he did it again in Ukraine. Putin did make comments that he intends to expand and strengthen Russia’s influence both regional and international. In a regional sense what better way then to push around former soviet states.

  • Holztransistor

    Oh, the Georgia card again.
    It was Mikheil Saakashvili who started the war.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/30/georgia-attacks-unjustifiable-eu

    The government of the Ukraine had already agreed in February 2014 to new elections. The coup was enacted nonetheless because that was the only way the west could make sure the desired people came to power. Democratic elections could have had a different, undesired outcome.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/ukraine-agreement-signed-early-election_n_4830727.html
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

  • Holztransistor

    Objectivity is something that can’t be expected from lery and 2 or 3 more people in his wake.

  • Holztransistor

    I wonder if leroy just mistook The U.S. for Russia. Numerous invasions, fabricated reasons for wars, support for terrorists, covert operations, regime changes, installing dictators where they see fit and so on. That is the foreign policy of the U.S.

    And whenever you hear a speech from a random U.S. politician about “human rights” and “western values”, replace these terms with “our interests” and you got it right.

    Again, for leroy. But he’s choosing to ignore that. Must be the fear that it could shatter his views.

    leroy is always talking about Russia’s oil and what would be without it. But he also always forgets that the Petrodollar is linked to almost all oil trades and is used as an instrument of power and oppression. If oil becomes less important, the Petrodollar will also lose value. Russia’s oil reserves will last a lot longer that those of many other countries. But the sanctions already have led to different thinking there. Russia is not the Soviet Union. They can adopt much better now to difficult situations. And that country has a very small debt. They are much more flexible due to that.

    Clinton’s e-mails revealed the true reason for the intervention in Libya.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-kovalik/clinton-emails-on-libya-e_b_9054182.html

    I quote:
    In this email (C05782459), entitled “Win this War,” Clinton’s closest adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, makes it clear that, in terms of the continuing reasons for the war, any “humanitarian motive offered is limited, conditional and refers to a specific past situation.” In other words, while NATO would go on bombing for another 7 months, Blumenthal is already admitting that there is really no humanitarian basis for continuing the conflict.

    “no humanitarian basis for continuing the conflict”
    And that’s just the top of the ice berg.

    • leroy

      You poor, deluded soul. I won’t talk to you about the Domino Theory, I won’t discuss Containment, I won’t bother debating you about having to oppose Communism and Russian/Soviet expansion given the state of affairs at the time, those evil world events that would have transpired had it not been for post-WW2 American strength and determination. I won’t ask you why East Germany never took over the West, or why South Korea never became part of the murderous Kim Dynasty. Why Russia/Soviet Union never took over all of Europe, or the Red Chinese all of Asia. I won’t talk to you about any of those things because either you have no understanding of geopolitical theory or history, or perhaps (and this is most likely the case) you’re sore because thanks to America, the side you supported (the Reds and worldwide Communism) lost.

      And while Vietnam may have been a divisive war, it was both a tactical, strategic and geopolitical win for the U.S. because it put China and the USSRussia on notice that they could not expand their political system worldwide, unfurl their “communist utopia” (never was) because the U.S. would militarily oppose them. Bleed them. Make them pay a heavy financial and military cost at every turn. That stopped global communist expansion and the subjugation of millions, something you in your misguided, maladjusted, indoctrinated mind yearn for. Sorry – ain’t gonna to happen. Thanks to America and NATO, as well as various Asian nations, that incubus is dead. So take down your posters of Che and Fidel, Lenin and Zhirinovsky because their disaccredited, murderous political dreams are deceased. So is your delusional lust for its miraculous unholy resurrection.

      There. I’ve already wasted too many skin cells off my fingers typing this little set of factoids and truths about American largess around the globe. Protection and direct aid that kept millions of souls fed and free while putting a destroyed post Great War 2 world and devastated peoples around the globe on the path toward unparalleled peace and prosperity. Largess the American people and our allies paid for in both blood and treasure. ENORMOUS amounts of blood and treasure! All for what? Ingrates and sore losers like you and a few other America-haters here? Those who burn with jealously over unquestioned U.S. military and economic might? You all know where you can go. But for the good guys in NATO and Asia and for humanity in general, it was well worth it.

      BTW – the Soviet Union was just the name given to what was actually Imperial Russia. All run out of Moscow and The Kremlin with the Red Army acting as a gang enforcer and shot-caller.

      • Holztransistor

        Trying to change the subject again? Nobody spoke about communism here. These days are in the past. What this is about is American hegemony. Try to disguise it as “unparalleled peace and prosperity” as much as you want. That’s just a hollow phrase. Corporate interest dictates America’s foreign policy. Nothing else.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Chessboard
        The existence of this book makes your pamphlet laughable.

    • leroy

      Russia isn’t even in the picture as far as Great Power competition is concerned. They are nothing more than a poor, insignificant, mal-governed undemocratic nation with nuclear weapons. The future belongs to the U.S. and China. Russia will play no part in it and as such will be largely ignored.

    • leroy

      Russia isn’t even in the picture as far as Great Power competition is concerned. They are nothing more than a poor, insignificant, mal-governed undemocratic nation with nuclear weapons. The future belongs to the U.S. and China. Russia will play no part in it and as such will be largely ignored.

    • Uniform223

      You do know that “Papa Putin” was a political officer of the KGB don’t you? That means he knows how to make and use propaganda.

    • Uniform223

      You do know that “Papa Putin” was a political officer of the KGB don’t you? That means he knows how to make and use propaganda.

      • Holztransistor

        That also means he knows how others work and how to counter them. This knowledge surely helps him to keep “NGOs” in check that are known for inciting regime changes (Open Society Foundation or NED for example).

        • Uniform223

          Don’t you mean he uses agents in an attempt to swing/influence/rig/sabotage elections where/when former soviet states attempt to move closer to to the west/NATO. So they use things like poisoning candidates while officially funding and supporting their own candidates that are pro-Russia. His government also creates “youth groups” that reinforce devotion to Russian “democracy” and “Papa Putin”.