Friday morning Norwegian time, three brand new Norwegian F-35 aircraft took off from
Fort Worth, Texas. The planes then crossed the Atlantic Ocean, heading
towards Ørland Air Station in central Norway. Just before arrival, the F-35s
were welcomed by two Norwegian F-16 fighters. The first F-35 touched down at
Ørland at 15:57 – after nine hours and twenty-two minutes in the air.
is a proud moment and a fantastic feeling. It is also a milestone for the
Norwegian Armed Forces to get this capacity to Norway", says Major General
Morten Klever, programme director of the Norwegian F-35 programme.
landing marks the end of years of planning, evaluations and preparations. Now a
new era in Norwegian F-35 history has begun.
will be a strength for the Armed Forces, and for Norway. We have been working
for so many years to make this happen, and I am proud of all the people who
have worked so hard for so many years. In the time ahead, F-35 will deliver to
the Armed Forces", says Klever.
American pilot Brian W. Bann was one of the pilots who flew the F-35s to
Norway. To him it was a historic feeling to be greeted by Norwegian F-16s
was a good flight. It was a great feeling to be greeted by the F-16s, very
historic. It seems like a passing of the torch from the fourth generation to
the fifth generation airplanes, and it was an honour and a privilege to be a
part of it," Bann said when he spoke to the Norwegian press right after
landing in Norway.
F-35 the best aircraft in the world?" asked the press.
would say that, yes. It is a great platform, and I'm just happy to be flying it",
said the pilot who came from 32 ºC (90 ºF) in Texas – to 9 ºC (48 ºF) at
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aircraft are still owned by Lockheed Martin. Because of this, the Norwegian
F-35s had American markings and were flown to Norway by American pilots. Right
after landing, the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) started their
receiving inspection. This includes a thorough inspection of the aircraft and
all their technology and equipment. As soon as the inspection is concluded, the
aircraft will be formally transferred to Norway.
aircraft were supposed to land at Ørland 26 hours earlier. However, the take-off
from the US was postponed due to lack of aerial refuelling aircraft.
10 November, the three Norwegian aircraft will be officially presented during a reception
ceremony at Ørland Air Station.
operating from 2019
decided to purchase up to 52 new F-35A fighters. Four of the Norwegian F-35s
will be permanently based at Luke Air Force Base, outside Phoenix, Arizona.
There, they will be part of a multi-national pool of F-35s. The aircraft at
Luke AFB will be used for training and testing.
November 2017, Norway has received ten F-35s. The first Norwegian F-35s will
start operating in Norway in 2019.