|#7705 2022-01-03 GMT-5 hours|
F-16 fighters of the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) will soon stop operating from Bodø Air Base above the Arctic Circle.
The last mission will take place on January 6, 2022, with two F-16s taking off from the base. Only one of them will come back to serve as a museum exhibit at the Aviation Museum in Bodø. Following the fighters’ departure, the air base will close. A detachment of search and rescue helicopters will remain, and civilian operations will continue in Bodø Airport (BOO).
The F-16s's Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) role will be taken over by Norwegian F-35 fighter jets. They will launch their first active QRA on the same day from Evenes Air Station located further north near Harstad.
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