Air Enthusiast 1973-06
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??? - A Diamond for the Dutch
The DHC-2 Beaver is one of three types currently included in the inventory of Nr 300 Squadron which operates from Deelan as a component of the KLu's Light Aircraft Group, its other equipment comprising Piper L-21s and Alouette IIIs.
Став одними из покупателей в первой "сделке века", Нидерланды последовали примеру многих своих союзников по НАТО, заменив свои F-104 на F-16 Fighting Falcon в ходе второй "сделки века". Как это уже было в США, в начале своей службы в Европе F-104 имели очень высокий уровень аварийности. Голландцы потеряли 35,8% своего парка Starfighter.
The F-104G Starfighter is currently the most important aircraft in the KLu inventory. The Tactical Air Command includes two F-104G-equipped strike squadrons. Nrs 311 and 312, in its order of battle, these being equipped for the delivery of either conventional or nuclear weapons. A third F-104G unit, Nr 306, fulfils the Tac-R role, and two others, Nrs 322 and 323, operate as interceptors. Starfighters of the last-mentioned units are seen here (Nr 322 Squadron).
The F-104G Starfighter is currently the most important aircraft in the KLu inventory. The Tactical Air Command includes two F-104G-equipped strike squadrons. Nrs 311 and 312, in its order of battle, these being equipped for the delivery of either conventional or nuclear weapons. A third F-104G unit, Nr 306, fulfils the Tac-R role, and two others, Nrs 322 and 323, operate as interceptors. Aircraft of Nr 306 Squadron on the flight line at Volkel are seen here.
A Starfighter fitted with the "Oude Delft" infra-red camera pack which is to enter service next year with Nr 306 Squadron at Volkel
The F-104G Starfighter is currently the most important aircraft in the KLu inventory. The Tactical Air Command includes two F-104G-equipped strike squadrons. Nrs 311 and 312, in its order of battle, these being equipped for the delivery of either conventional or nuclear weapons. A third F-104G unit, Nr 306, fulfils the Tac-R role, and two others, Nrs 322 and 323, operate as interceptors. Starfighters of the last-mentioned units are seen here (Nr 323 Squadron). Current planning envisages the re-equipment of Nrs 322 and 323 squadrons with the new ’semi-advanced’ fighter in 1977 and 1978. followed by Nr 306 Squadron in 1979, and finally Nrs 311 and 312 squadrons in 1980 and 1981. When finally phased out of the KLu first-line combat aircraft inventory, therefore, the F-104G Starfighter will have seen 20 years of Dutch service a longer period than has been achieved by any other warplane in the history of military aviation in the Netherlands.
F-104G Starfighters of Nr 312 Squadron which fulfil the strike role from Volkel.
Based at Deelan (Nrs 299 and 300) and Soesterberg (Nr 298) are the three squadrons forming the Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen, or Light Aircraft Group, maintained by the KLu primarily on behalf of the Army. Two of the squadrons, Nr 298 and Nr 299, are equipped solely with the Alouette III, but Nr 300 Squadron includes Piper L-21s in its inventory, one of these being seen above, accompanied by an Alouette III.
The Alouette III also equips the Soesterberg-based Search-and-Rescue Flight and is equipped with inflatable pontoons for its ASR role. One of this Flight's Alouettes is seen here with the pontoons in process of inflation.
Northrop NF-5As of Nr 315 Squadron, the first KLu unit to re-equip with this warplane.
A KLu NF-5 fighter-bomber undergoing re-arming and servicing.
Based at Deelan (Nrs 299 and 300) and Soesterberg (Nr 298) are the three squadrons forming the Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen, or Light Aircraft Group, maintained by the KLu primarily on behalf of the Army. Two of the squadrons, Nr 298 and Nr 299, are equipped solely with the Alouette III, but Nr 300 Squadron includes Piper L-21s in its inventory, one of these being seen above, accompanied by an Alouette III.
Transport support is provided by Nr 334 Squadron at Soesterberg with F27M Troopships (one of which is illustrated) and F27 Friendships.
Nr 334 Squadron operates F27 Friendships and F27M Troopships from Soesterberg, two of these transports being seen below (F27M in foreground with F27 in background).
The USAF’s 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron operates under joint KLu/17th Air Force control from Soesterberg, and one of this unit's F-4E Phantoms is seen in formation with an NF-5B of Nr 313 Squadron of the KLu.
The last 10 or so Fokker S.11 Instructors to be used by the KLu currently equip the S.11 Introduction Flight at Gilze Rijen which provides potential pupil pilots with 8-12 hours introductory flying before they are sent to Canada.
The USAF’s 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron operates under joint KLu/17th Air Force control from Soesterberg, and one of this unit's F-4E Phantoms is seen in formation with an NF-5B of Nr 313 Squadron of the KLu.