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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Airplanes For The No Fly Zone - data from


  • 4x Tornado GR4 2/9/15 sqn
  • 14x Typhoon FGR4 3/11/29 sqn (from Italy)
  • 4x VC-10C1K/K4 tanker 101 sqn
  • 2x Tristar K1/C2 tanker 216 sqn
  • 1x Sentinel R1 5 sqn
  • 1x Nimrod R1 51 sqn
  • 2x E-3D Sentry 8 sqn
  • 3x E-3A AWACS (from Geilenkirchen, Germany)
  • 6x Dassault Rafale B/C
  • 2x Dassault Mirage 2000-5
  • 2x Dassualt Mirage 2000 D
  • 2x C-160NG Transall/Gabriel
  • 6x KC-135FR tanker
  • 2x E-3F Awacs
Charles de Gaulle
  • 6x Dassault Super Etendard
  • 8x Dassault Rafale M
  • 2 E-C2 Hawkeye
  • 6x CF-188 Hornet No. 3 Wing
  • 2x CC-150 tanker 437 sqn
  • 3x KC-10A tanker
  • 8x KC-135R tanker
  • 2x EC-130J Hercules
  • 3x B-2
  • 14x F-15E Eagle (Lakenheath, UK)
  • 12x F-16CJ (Spangdahlem, Ger)
  • 5x EA-18G Growler
  • 4x AV8B Harrier
  • 4x F-16AM 10 Wing (Araxos)
  • 6x F-16 (Sigonella) (of which 2 on reserve)
  • 4x F/A-18 Hornet (Decimannu, Italy)
  • 1x Boeing 707 tanker (Decimannu, Italy)
  • 4x AMI Tornado ECR (Trapani)
  • 4x AMI Typhoon (Trapani)
  • 4x F-16 (Souda Bay)
  • 2x Mirage 2000-5 (Souda Bay)
  • 1x C17(Souda Bay)
Though some sources say 6 Mirages and 2 C-130's, the above planes have actually been seen after making an emergency landing in Malta.

  • 6x F-16 (Bodø sqn, Souda Bay, Greece)
  • 2x C-130J-30
Not in action yet, the Norwegian defence minster has said they will come into action when the leadership issues surrounding the implementation of the NFZ are resolved.
The Netherlands:
Started a ministerial meeting a hour ago, are expected to send the following
  • 6x F-16's (of which 2 in reserve)
  • 1x KDC-10 (tanker)
  • 12x F-16
  • 12x Mirage
Requested refueling at Souda base, but when or even if they will arrive is not clear.

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