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

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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9 Comments

  1. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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).

        • 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”.

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