Last month Joris posted about the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and their training in Ohio. Mike Nielson had this question/comment:
What happened with the RNLAF program in Florida with the company AeroGroup. I heard that the Dutch Government really screwed that company and just used them so that they could get leverage with the US to give them a base of thier own. Why should the US continue to allow the Dutch to operate here in the CONUS when they give the "Dutch Treat" and screw the US Tax payer.
In response to Mike's query, Joris talked to the RNLAF to hear their view. According to the RNLAF, it only ever contracted for a one-time project with AeroGroup Inc., connected with a training deployment by the Dutch F-16s at Melbourne, Florida, in 2003. The deployment was part of a protracted effort by the Dutch to find a suitable training location outside of their own densely-populated country with plenty of airspace, training ranges and possibilities to perform extensive night flying.
The effort started when the RNLAF decided to abandon its permanent overseas training location at Goose Bay, Labrador, for a variety of reasons.