Rygge Air Station

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Rygge Air Station
F16 take-off at Rygge Air Station.jpg
Two F-16 Fighting Falcons taking off from Rygge
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Norwegian Air Force
Location Rygge
Elevation AMSL 174 ft / 53 m
Coordinates 59°22′44″N 10°47′08″E / 59.37889°N 10.78556°E / 59.37889; 10.78556Coordinates: 59°22′44″N 10°47′08″E / 59.37889°N 10.78556°E / 59.37889; 10.78556
Rygge is located in Norway
Location in Norway
Direction Length Surface
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12/30 8,012 2,442 Asphalt

Rygge Air Station (IATA: RYG, ICAO: ENRY) (Norwegian: Rygge flystasjon) is located in the municipalities of Rygge and Råde in Østfold, Norway. The Royal Norwegian Air Force operates various squadron and aircraft at the airbase, including Sea King helicopters, F-5 Freedom Fighters, Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft as well as Bell 412 helicopters.


720 Squadron was moved from Gardermoen Air Station to Rygge. In 1989 their UH-1B helicopters were replaced with Bell 412s. In 2002, 332 Squadron with F-16s was moved from Rygge to Bodø Main Air Station. Some of the aircraft were relocated to Ørland Main Air Station.

On 1 October 2007, the base was expanded to include the civilian Moss Airport, Rygge, which will be shut down again on 1 November 2016.[1] The United States Department of Defense FY19 budget has requested $13.8 billion to for taxiway construction at Rygge.[2]


720 Squadron's six Bell 412SP aircraft used primarily to support the Royal Norwegian Army. 717 Squadron operates three Dassault Falcon 20 jets. Two of the jets are configured for electronic warfare while the third is configured for VIP-transport. A dispatchment of 330 Squadron operate Westland Sea King helicopters for search and rescue. From the new commercial operations area, Norwegian Air Shuttle has chosen to start a number of services from the airport later this year.[when?]


  1. ^ newsinenglish.no - Ryanair’s airport ‘will shut down’ 24 May 2016
  2. ^ Gould, Joe; Insinna, Valerie (June 25, 2018). "Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia's backyard". Defense News. The Air Force also wants $13.8 million in FY19 for taxiway construction at Rygge, Norway. 

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