Two Swiss Hornets taxi to the runway at Leeuwarden. During the exercise the Swiss jets operated from the northern part of the Frisian base, together with French Mirage 2000Ds and Volkel-based KLu F-16s.
As the last built Swiss jet of a series, F/A-18C J-5026 traditionally received a zap on the left-hand side of the forward fuselage. In this case it is a cartoon of an alien in a UFO. This was the only Hornet present at Leeuwarden carrying an ASQ-228 ATFLIR pod, which was not used during the exercise.
Among the four F/A-18Cs participating in Frisian Flag was Fliegerstaffel 11’s flag ship J-5011, seen taxiing for its departure back to Switzerland on April 9, 2019. The Hornets had to depart Leeuwarden early as they were required in support of the evaluation flights of the Eurofighter Typhoon, as part of the competition for a new combat aircraft for the Schweizer Luftwaffe.