100 Years Dutch Military Aviation - Volkel Airbase - The Netherlands - June 2013

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Netherlands F-16 Demo Team

Netherlands F-16 Demo Team

Apache Solo Display Team

Apache Solo Display Team

Patrouille Ramex Delta

Patrouille Ramex Delta

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Patrouille Suisse

Patrouille Suisse

Foundation Friends of the Catalina

Foundation Friends of the Catalina

The Classic Aircraft Trust

The Classic Aircraft Trust

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight

Swedish Air Force Historic Flight

Swedish Air Force Historic Flight

Historic Aircraft Volkel

Historic Aircraft Volkel

Foundation Dutch Mustang Flight

Foundation Dutch Mustang Flight

Classic Wings Bavaria

Classic Wings Bavaria

Clean Tech Aviation

Clean Tech Aviation

Dutch Historic Jet Association

Dutch Historic Jet Association

Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation

Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation

Hellenic Air Force - 336 Bomber Squadron

Hellenic Air Force - 336 Bomber Squadron

Heli Holland

Heli Holland

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100 Years Dutch Military Aviation - Volkel Airbase - The Netherlands - June 2013





1913 - 2013 : 100 Years Dutch Military Aviation

The Dutch military aviation was created in 1913 as a branch of the Dutch army and was named the Army Aviation Group(Luchtvaartafdeeling). The Army Aviation Group did not participate in World War I because the Netherlands maintained a neutral position during the conflict. In World War II, despite achieving several victories against the Luftwaffe, the Army Aviation Group was easily defeated by the German aviation; however multiple Dutch units continued to operate from England, the Netherlands East Indies and from Australia until the end of the war. In 1953 the Royal Netherlands Air Force became an independent branch of the Dutch military forces.

Volkel Air Base

The Volkel Air Base is one of the 3 main operational military airfields of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). It was created by the German occupation forces during WWII and later occupied and improved by the RNLAF. During German occupation the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the Arado Ar 234 were operated at Volkel. V-1 flying bombs were also fired from Volkel.

The base was used to operate the first jet aircraft to be used in the Netherlands, the Gloster Meteor and later the F-84 Thunderjet and Thunderstreak. These were eventually replaced by the F-104 Starfighter (the first supersonic fighter operated by the RNLAF). The Starfighter was replaced during the period of 1982 - 1984 by the current F-16 fighters.

The Airshow

The Dutch F-16 and Apache Solo display teams took centre stage at the Airshow with multiple presentations highly cheered by the audience. The organization managed to compose an impressive line-up of old-time aircraft that were operated by the Dutch military throughout its 100 year history, including Spitfire, PBY Catalina, Gloster Meteor, B-25 Mitchell, P-51D and others. A plastic mock-up of the F-35 Lightning II with open cockpit gave the public a first contact with the future of the Dutch aviation.

The German Air Force presented a colourful F-4 Phantom to mark the end of the aircraft operations with the Luftwaffe after 40 years.

Other interesting aircraft to be seen included a pair of Su-22s from Poland, Mil Mi-35s from Czech Republic and the Italian, English and Swiss demonstration teams - Frecce Tricolori, Red Arrows and Patrouille Suisse.





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Volkel Air Base

The Netherlands - June 2013

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The aircraft in this table can be ordered by Name, Year First Flight, Origin, Operator, Type and Role by clicking the arrow at the top of the corresponding column.

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Name

Year
First
Flight

Origin

Flag

Operator

Type

Role

General Dynamic F-16AM Fighting Falcon

page 1
page 2

1974

United States

F-16 Solo Display (Netherlands)

Aircraft

Fighter

Boeing AH-64D Apache

page 1

1975

United States

Apache Solo Display Team

Helicopter

Ground Attack

McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II

page 1

1958

United States

German Air Force

Aircraft

Reconnaissance

Dassault Mirage 2000N

page 1

1978

France

Patrouille RAMEX Delta

Aircraft

Bomber

BAE Hawk T1

page 1

1974

United Kingdom

RAF Red Arrows

Aircraft

Trainer

Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN

page 1

1976

Italy

Frecce Tricolori

Aircraft

Trainer

Northrop F-5E Tiger II

page 1

1972

United States

Patrouille Suisse

Aircraft

Fighter

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

page 1

1935

United States

Foundation Friends of the Catalina

Seaplane

Maritime Patrol

North American B-25J Mitchell

page 1
page 2

1940

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation

Aircraft

Bomber

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

page 1

1947

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Polish Eagles Foundation

Aircraft

Fighter

Saab AJS 37 Viggen

page 1

1967

Sweden

Swedish Air Force Historic Flight

Aircraft

Fighter

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

page 1

1954

United States

Historic Aircraft Volkel

Aircraft

Fighter

North America P-51D Mustang

page 1

1940

United States

Foundation Dutch Mustang Flight

Aircraft

Fighter

Antonov An-2

page 1

1947

Russian Federation

Classic Wings Bavaria

Aircraft

Military Transport

Antonov An-2

page 1

1947

Russian Federation

Clean Tech Aviation

Aircraft

Military Transport

Fouga CM.170 Magister

page 1
page 2

1952

France

Dutch Historic Jet Association

Aircraft

Trainer

Hawker Hunter T.8C

page 1
page 2

1954

United Kingdom

Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation

Aircraft

Trainer

Dassault Rafale C

page 1

1986

France

French Air Force

Aircraft

Multi Role (military)

LTV A-7E Corsair II

page 1

1965

United States

Hellenic Air Force

Aircraft

Ground Attack

LTV TA-7C Corsair II

page 1

1965

United States

Hellenic Air Force

Aircraft

Ground Attack

Sukhoi Su-22M-4 Fitter

page 1

1966

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Polish Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II (Mockup)

page 1

2006

United States

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Aircraft

Fighter

McDonnell Douglas F-18C Hornet

page 1

1978

United States

Finnish Air Force

Aircraft

Multi Role (military)

General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Portuguese Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon

page 1

1974

United States

Royal Norwegian Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Boeing E-3A Sentry

page 1

1976

United States

NATO

Aircraft

Aerial Warning and Control

Mil Mi-35 Hind

page 1

1969

Russian Federation

Czech Air Force

Helicopter

Ground Attack

Mil Mi-35 Hind

page 1

1969

Russian Federation

Czech Air Force

Helicopter

Ground Attack

Boeing AH-64D Apache

page 1

1975

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Helicopter

Ground Attack

Eurocopter EC135

page 1

1994

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Netherlands National Police

Helicopter

Police Operations

NH Industries NH90 NFH

page 1

1995

France

Germany

Italy

Netherlands




Royal Netherlands Air Force

Helicopter

Military Transport

Eurocopter EC130 B4

page 1

1999

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Heli Holland

Helicopter

Multiple Roles (civilian)

Eurocopter AS532U2 Cougar Mk2

page 1

1977

France

Germany

Spain

United Kingdom




Royal Netherlands Air Force

Helicopter

Military Transport

AĆ©rospatiale SA316B Alouette III

page 1

1959

France

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Helicopter

Military Transport

Westland Super Lynx Mk88A

page 1

1971

United Kingdom

German Navy

Helicopter

Maritime Patrol

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Belgian Air Component

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules

page 1

1954

United States

Royal Danish Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

McDonnell Douglas KDC-10-30CF Extender

page 1

1980

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force

Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

page 1

1991

United States

Heavy Airlift Wing

Aircraft

Military Transport

Alenia C27J Spartan

page 1

1999

Italy

Romanian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Antonov An-26 Curl

page 1

1969

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Hungarian Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Antonov An-26 Curl

page 1

1969

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Slovak Air Force

Aircraft

Military Transport

Eurofighter Typhoon

page 1

1994

Germany

Italy

Spain

United Kingdom




German Air Force

Aircraft

Multi Role (military)

Saab JAS 39C Gripen

page 1

1988

Sweden

Czech Air Force

Aircraft

Fighter

Dornier Do 228

page 1

1981

Germany

Netherlands Coastguard

Aircraft

Maritime Patrol

Aero L-39CM Albatros

page 1

1968

Czech Republic

Slovak Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

Aero L-39C Albatros

page 1

1968

Czech Republic

Estonian Air Force

Aircraft

Trainer

Pilatus PC-12 NG Spectre

page 1

1991

Switzerland

Finnish Air Force

Aircraft

Special Operations Military Transport

Gloster Meteor T.7

page 1

1952

United Kingdom

The Classic Aircraft Trust (UK)

Aircraft

Fighter

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

page 1

1936

United Kingdom

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation

Aircraft

Fighter

Beechcraft T-7 Navigator

page 1

1937

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation

Aircraft

Trainer

Harvard IIb

page 1

1935

United States

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation

Aircraft

Trainer