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A timeshare air force

Not here, but that is the proposal on the other side of the North Sea, with the Norwegian Luftforsvaret and the Danish Flyvevåbnet considering a merger:

"A proposal by the Danish People’s Party to establish a co-operative alliance between the Danish and Norwegian air forces has been met with approval by a majority of the parties who voted for the current national defence act....Establishing a joint fighter squadron would help reduce the cost of the investment, according to Hans Christian Skibby, the Danish People’s Party’s defence spokesperson. ‘There are obvious benefits of having a common air force,’ Skibby said. ‘If we operated together, we would need fewer jets than we would if we each had our own air force.’"

Now I am all in favour of avoiding needless government expenditure, and our Norwegian and Danish friends are both in NATO, have avoided fighting each other in a very long time and both have those scary Swedes to worry about. However, what are they going to call it? What manner of fin colours will the planes sport? And, after all, it is an awfully long way from Flensburg to Nordkapp, let alone Thule or Svalbard. I imagine that attempting to maintain air superiority over Bouvet Island is out of the question...

I think it is fair to say that the RAF and l'Armée de l'Air will not be pursuing a merger any time soon.

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