Royal Netherlands Air Force
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The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF; Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), "Royal Air Force"), is the military aviation branch of the Netherlands Armed Forces.wikipedia
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The aerobatic display team of the Royal Netherlands Air Force is the Solo Display Team.
The Solo Display Team (Demoteam) is the aerobatics display team of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and consists of three elements.
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The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF; Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), "Royal Air Force"), is the military aviation branch of the Netherlands Armed Forces.
Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), Royal Netherlands Air Force.
ML-KNILNetherlands East Indies Air ForceMilitaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger
The separate Militaire Luchtvaart van het Koninklijk Nederlands-Indisch Leger (ML-KNIL; Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Military Air Service) continued in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI), until its occupation by Japan in 1942.
It was an entirely separate organisation from the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
German invasion of the Netherlandsinvasion of the NetherlandsNetherlands
In May 1940 the III Reich invaded the Netherlands.
The Dutch air force, which was not an independent arm of the Dutch armed forces, but part of the Army, on 10 May operated a fleet of 155 aircraft: 28 Fokker G.1 twin-engine destroyers; 31 Fokker D.XXI and seven Fokker D.XVII fighters; ten twin-engined Fokker T.V, fifteen Fokker C.X and 35 Fokker C.V light bombers, twelve Douglas DB-8 dive bombers (used as fighters) and seventeen Koolhoven FK-51 reconnaissance aircraft—thus 74 of the 155 aircraft were biplanes.
36 Fokker D.XXI single-engine fighters
Entering operational use in the early years of the Second World War, it provided yeoman service for both the Luchtvaartafdeling (Dutch Army Aviation Group) and the Finnish Air Force.
16 Fokker T.V type bombers
The Fokker T.V was a twin-engine bomber, described as an "aerial cruiser", built by Fokker for the Netherlands Air Force.
2nd Allied Tactical Air Force2 ATAF
During the cold war Dutch Air Force flying units were integrated in NATO's Second Allied Tactical Air Force tasked with defending northern West Germany against Warsaw Pact forces.
Second Allied Tactical Air Force commanded the British Royal Air Force Germany, the Belgian Air Force, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, two divisions of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and one US Air Force Tactical Fighter Group, as well as extensive air defense and radar installations provided by Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
CF-5CF-116 Freedom FighterCanadair CF-116
313, 314, 315 and 316 Sqn switched over to the NF-5 Freedom Fighter from 1969–1991. The NF-5 was a development of the Canadair CF-5 fighter. Northrop incorporated some NF-5 features into the F-5E/F Tiger II.
The Canadair CF-5 (officially designated the CF-116 Freedom Fighter) is the Canadair licensed-built version of the American Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter aircraft primarily for the Canadian Forces (as the CF-5) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (as the NF-5).
Henri Farman F-27F.20Henry Farman
When founded, the Army Aviation Group operated one aircraft, the Brik, which was supplemented with three French Farman HF.20 aircraft a few months later.
Royal Netherlands Air Force
F-84F ThunderstreakF-84FRepublic RF-84F Thunderflash
306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315 and 316 Sqn changed aircraft configuration from 1955–1970 as the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash became available.
* Royal Netherlands Air Force (180× F-84F, 24× RF-84F 1955–1970)
Fokker G.1AFokker G-IG.I
35 Fokker G.I twin-engine fighters
Besides the Dutch Luchtvaartafdeeling, several foreign air forces showed an interest in the G.I. as either a fighter or dive-bomber.
20 Fokker C.X light bombers
The Dutch Air Force ordered 16 C.Xs, and later four more with Kestrel IIS engines.
In recognition of their actions Queen Wilhelmina granted the highest Dutch military decoration, the Militaire Willemsorde (MWO), to the Army Aviation Brigade collectively.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force that continues the traditions of:
MeteorMeteorsGloster Meteor NF.11
The Gloster Meteor F Mk.IV was used by 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 and 328 Squadrons from 1948–1957. Bases included Soesterberg and Leeuwarden.
Belgian aviation firm Avions Fairey would also produce the Meteor F.8 under license from Gloster for the Belgian Air Force; a similar license manufacturing arrangement was made with Dutch company Fokker to meet the Royal Netherlands Air Force's order.
Soesterberg ABSoesterbergThe Queen's own" Field
Flying officially ended at Soesterberg Air Base on 12 November 2008.
Soesterberg Air Base was a Royal Netherlands Air Force military air base located in Soesterberg, 14 km east-northeast of Utrecht.
F-84 ThunderjetRepublic F-84G ThunderjetF-84
CTL consisted of seven new strike squadrons (306, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315 and 316 sqn), all equipped with Republic F-84G Thunderjet aircraft. These aircraft were supplied by the United States under the Mutual Defense Aid Program from 1952–1956. 311 was the first flying squadron to be stood up at Volkel on 1 May 1951.
*Netherlands Air Force operated 166 Republic F-84G from April 1952 until December 1957 and 21 Republic RF-84E
322 Squadron RNLAF322 SquadronNo. 322 Fighter/Bomber Squadron
The Spitfire Mk.IX was used by 322 Squadron RNLAF until 1954, but was replaced as new squadrons were established.
The No. 322 Squadron, being the oldest operational squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, was founded at RAF Woodvale on 12 June 1943 as No. 322 (Dutch) Squadron with Dutch personnel under Royal Air Force control.
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Volkel Air Base
Volkel Air Base (Vliegbasis Volkel) is a military airbase used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) - Dutch: Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu), and is located near the village of Volkel in North Brabant, Netherlands.
Leeuwarden Air Base
Leeuwarden Air Base (Vliegbasis Leeuwarden) is a military airbase used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) - Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu),.
322 (Dutch) Squadron, equipped with the Supermarine Spitfire, saw action as part of the RAF.
Ten of these TR9 variants were then sold to the Indian Air Force along with six to the Irish Air Corps, three to the Royal Netherlands Air Force and one for the Royal Egyptian Air Force.
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17 Douglas DB-8A-3N light bombers
20 Koolhoven FK-51 artillery observer aircraft
While the majority of F.K.51s were employed as elementary trainers within the Netherlands or in reconnaissance roles by the Royal Netherlands Air Force in the Dutch East Indies, twenty-eight were clandestinely sold to the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War, all despite a Dutch embargo on the sale of arms to either side of that conflict.
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On 2 October 2002 a tri-national detachment of 18 Dutch, Danish and Norwegian F-16 ground attack aircraft and one Dutch KDC-10 tanker deployed to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan in support of ground forces in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In October 2002, a tri-national detachment of 18 Danish, Dutch, and Norwegian F-16 fighter-bombers, with one Dutch KC-10 tanker, flew to the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, in support of the NATO ground forces in Afghanistan as part of the Operation Enduring Freedom.
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Additionally the Dutch Air Force manned five fully operational self-supporting Missile Groups in West Germany (1 and 2 MslGrp were initially equipped with NIKE batteries, while 3,4 and 5 MslGrp were equipped with Hawk) and replaced by the MIM-104 Patriot Air Defence Missile System.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force decided to upgrade its existing systems to the latest standard extending operational use until 2040.
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Air Operations Control Station Nieuw Milligen, reports to NATO's Integrated Air Defense System CAOC Uedem in Germany
The Air Operations Control Station Nieuw-Milligen (AOCS NM) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force is located near Nieuw-Milligen (in the municipality of Apeldoorn).