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Twenthe (NL), Open Day KLu, July 6th, 1996

October 26, 2012 |

On 6 July 1996 the Vliegbasis Twenthe (now closed) hosted the 1996 Open Day of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Here are some of the highlights of the event, pictured by Hans and Frank.

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Volkel Open Day (NL), June 30th & July 1st, 1995

October 26, 2012 |

On June 30th and July 1st 1995 the KLu Open Days were held at Volkel AB; Hans and Frank were there and here are some of their pictures.

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Deelen Air Base (NL) Open Day, June 17th, 1978

October 24, 2012 |

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.

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Leeuwarden (NL) Open Day, September 27th, 1975

October 24, 2012 |

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.

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Eindhoven (NL), Open Day, September 8th, 1967

October 24, 2012 |

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.

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Sixties and Later Years : Prominent Dutch civil (PH-) registrations

October 19, 2012 |

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-registrations clearly visible. Read More