Norwegian Air Force celebrates 100 years with scary close flying

We won't blame you for not keeping track of Scandinavian military anniversaries. That's our job. This year happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Air Force, and it's celebrating by giving one of its F-16s a fancy new paint job and shoving it up the backside of a C-130 Hercules in flight.

Even for a fancy Norwegian fighter jockey, this is awfully close to be flying to a C-130. And he's not just flying close, he's doing acrobatics close, but it treats us to a very impressive view of a very impressive aircraft. Norway is flying nearly 60 F-16s at the moment, and will keep them in service up until they all get replaced by F-35 Lightning IIs. Or at least, that's the plan, if the F-35 ultimately proves to be worth the cost and hassle.

The Norwegian Air Force is planning a bunch of air shows for this year, and it'll also be hosting the NATO Tiger Meet in May. If you can't make it out to the fjords to see these freshly manicured F-16s in person, you can still catch a clip from the video that was being shot from the C-130, along with a bunch of frosty cool pics, just below.

Mil.no, via Dagbladet