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.
A poor open day, mainly due to the very bad weather (as you can see on the photos made by Frank). After the presentation of 4 NF-5s, a Starfighter, a Troopship and a Magister of the Belgian Red Devils the further show had to be cancelled because of the strong wind. The static was okay though, featuring amongst others a Danish F-100F and RF-35 Draken.
Only a few non-resident K.Lu. aircraft participated in the Static Show during the 1967 Open Day at Eindhoven AB and during the Air Display the F-102 Delta Dagger of the Soesterberg-based American squadron , which was also on static , gave a flight-demonstration. Especially to the Thunderstreak-fans this event was attractive , because quite a number of the F-84F’s based here were in close-view.
When Warbirds first took to the sky during the Sixties lots of them were kept in flying condition with their assigned civil registrations prominently visible .The (Lancaster-Spitfire-Hurricane) aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were among the first to be seen , painted in military colours. In the Netherlands the first Warbirds were some ex-KLu -Harvards such as the ones in this gallery , photographed at the Gilze Rijen airshow on August 26 , 1972 , with their PH-registrations prominently visible . Only in later years it became gradually more common to re-paint them entirely in (former) military colours but also then warbirds could sometimes be seen with their civil-regis. clearly visible.