The first Dutch F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet landed on Dutch soil in Leeuwarden on Thursday. Not for a test flight, "but forever", the Ministry of Defense said, calling it a "historic moment in the history of the Royal Netherlands Air Force".
And a historic moment it is indeed, according to NOS. WIth an investment of over 6 billion euros for 46 figher jets, the F-35 JSFs are the most expensive Dutch defense project yet.
The JSF jets are set to replace the old F-16s, the first of which were purchased in the late 1970s.