For interceptors, the Danes used the F-104G Starfighter,
which they had the good sense NOT to press into service as a ground attack aircraft, thus avoiding the morbid "lawn dart" and "tent peg" jokes the West Germans had to suffer through. Even so, the Danish F-104 loss rate was 23.5% (12 out of 51). Oddly, the Norwegians, who also used them only in the interceptor role, lost only 6% and that in a country known for harsh weather! Oh! I just remembered another German joke - "What's the definition of an optimist? A Starfighter pilot who quits smoking." Ahem...well...moving right along....
The Danes relied on two aircraft types for their ground strike capability. The older of the two was the American-built F-100 Super Sabre, both the single seat D model:
The second strike aircraft used by Denmark was the Saab F-35 Draken; the single seat strike version:
Prior to the RF-35 reconnaissance Drakens, the RDAF used RF-84F Thunderflashes:
So I'd have to round the nose off with green putty. We'll see if I decide to get one.
And lastly, in 1980, both the F-100's and F-104's began to be retired and replaced by the new F-16A's that Denmark started buying from the US:
As you can see from the above photos, throughout the 1970's and up through 1983, all RDAF combat aircraft, save only the new F-16's in their three-tone grey scheme, were in overall gloss (except for the old Huns) olive drab green, for which, Humbrol 155 is an exact FS match.
And here are my first Danish fixed wing aircraft; two Drakens:
Danish markings courtesy of Dom's Decals. As usual, because the minis are suspended on a wire, it's difficult to get decent shots of the little devils.
Two F-100 D's should arrive in the mail on Monday and I have a pack of F-16's as part of the next order I'll be placing, so stand by for more!