Hundreds of airplanes having been sold worldwide , the F-27 was undoubtedly the most successful design of the Dutch Fokker aircraft factory and it was even built under license by Fairchild in the U.S.
Pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another ; this gallery deals with airframes photographed in the years 1960-2009. No need to say that the majority of the airframes presented here are no longer present.
The 80th anniversary of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht was celebrated with an Open Day at Eindhoven on July 3rd, 1993.
Amongst the many aircraft especially significant were present the USAF’s F-117 “Stealth”-fighter , the Victor-tanker and a KC-10 . The former East-Block-countries participated with the Hungarian MIG-23 , the Czech Sukhoi SU-25 , the MIG-29 , the Czech L-39 Albatros-trainer and an Antonov AN-12 transport. Interesting helicopter-types being present were a.o. the Polish PZL-Sokol w.3 and the Czech MIL Mi-17.
Thousands of people attended this Open Day and Hans and Frank were also among the crowd.
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the R.Netherlands Air Force the annual Open Days in 1978 were held at Deelen AB ; Hans en Frank took a number of pictures there just to give you an impression ; amongst others the presence of the RAF Avro Vulcan and two USAFE F-111’s was significant.
The second K.Lu Open Day in 1972 was the one at Gilze Rijen AB on August 26th . There were no foreign aircraft present , but the mass-scramble of 316 squadron’s Northrop-Canadair NF-A/B’s attracted much attention by the assembled spotters and other spectators. Hans and Frank show you some of the pictures they made during that day.
One of the 2 Open Days held in Holland in 1972 and attended by both Hans and Frank ,was the one at Soesterberg AB, on June 3rd. ; unfortunately the only foreigners were an F-111 that made two high passes and a USAF Phantom.The static show consisted of the entire inventory of the Dutch Air Force and Dutch Navy. Same for the afternoon airshow.
On September 18th , 1971 Eindhoven AB opened its doors to the public. Especially for the Dutch Air Force-fans it was quite an interesting Open Day . Herewith we present you a selection of photos taken during this event , made by Frank and Hans , of which a few were made – by permission- in the operational area.