Soesterberg has been the home of the 32nd TFS
79-0004/CR, an F-15D on a typical traning mission, rolling towards the holding point.
0016 c/n 0545/C085. To AMARC May 27, 2010
Seen taxiing back after an Alpha scramble with full weapons load. These sideinders have yellow stripes – bands which indicates live missiles as opposed to blue which indicates inert parts
79-0019 c/n 0550/C088 to Saudi Arabia as 4215. Reserialed to 1303
79-0021 along the northern taxitrack
79-0023/CR on a typical training mission. No weapons loaded, only a centerline tank.
79-0030 CR in a sunny summer day, returning from a training flight.
A fully armed Eagle with active / life armement.
79-0032 c/n 0567/C101 to Saudi Arabia as 4217. Reserialed to 617, then 217
79-0033/CR ofthe 32nd TFS. Based on Soesterberg airbase it is responsible for all weather air defence of The Neherlands
This Eagle is returning from a life scramble as it carries a full load of life missiles. This airframe went to AMARC on July 16th, 2010
81-0049 c/n 0803/C232. (79th TEG, 32nd TFS) engine caught fire and crashed into North Sea 9 mi off Spurn Point, UK Apr 25, 1990.
Pilot ejected safely and rescued.
Note the orange band around the tail.
Dual 81-0065 CR also returning from a training flight, flow as a single pilot, 2 vs 2 DACT with Phantoms.
79-0046 c/n 0797/C229. To AMARC Sep 3, 2010.
F-15 79-0021 in full battle dress and few seconds before the pull up to FL100 for an Alpha scramble
This close up of the cockpit frames gives many details. The GIB is rather small…
The difference between a single seat and a dual is only the size of the canope.
79-0046/BT c/n 0587/C115 flies with the Oregon ANG
Although loaded with both AIM-7 Sparrows and AMI-9 Sidewinders, there are three giveaways that this is a normal training sortie: first the formation departure. A Scramble takes of a.s.a.p. and doesn´t wait for the other. Second the blue rings around the missiles indicate inert examples and the layout is not complete.
79-0031 c/n 0566/C100 to Saudi Arabia as 4203. Reserialed to 517
77-0124 c/n 0411/A336. To AMARC as FH0135 Jun 27, 2006.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008.
. Other users of Soeterberg
K-3001 is also used as the fleets testbed, hence the double roundes on the tail.
The NF-5B was a Dutch version of what later became the F-5E. Here the original c/s in brown/grey. Also underwing pylon tanks and arearuled tiptanks.
On a wet and rainy day K-3014 rolls down the taxiay to the holding point 27. On the centerline a training gunpod can be seen. It can hold four training bombs the size of a soda can and hold four inert rockets.
The leading edge slats are drooped and the nosewheel is in the short position. The NF-5 had the unique option of extending the nosewheel for a greater angle of attack at takeoff roll.
The NF-5A of 313 SQN was temporarily based on Soesterberg AB. It wears an experimental F-16 camouflage scheme of which only a handfull have been seen. Here the roundel is painted at the tailsection.
K-4005 also showed the F-16 C/S, however with the large registration on the tail, low vizz squadron mark, but high vizz roundel.
K-4016 in the original paintscheme and a grey pylon tank. In the background C-21A 84-0084 of 58 MAS, USAF
The Allouette III was at some point painted in a two tone c/s, after having flown for decades in the overall brown colour.
This is actualy the only Frindship in ther inventory of the Dutch Airforce. This aircraft flies in the VIP role, C-2 and C-3 also have passenger roles, the remainder are troopships.
C-3 Fokker F-27-100 Friendship C/N 10150 is the second passenger Friendship, next to C-2.
C-8 on its climb out from tis homebase Soesterberg
Hawker Hunter F.4 C/N 8934, Registered 14-08-1958 as aircraft 527, 325 sqn (4R-10). SOC 6-7-62, to Leeuwarden as monument, ’69 to Gilze rijern as monument, later to Soesterberg as monument.
Aerospatiale SE3160 Alouette III
Koninklijke Luchtmacht 1996 wfu
Aircraft Retired / Not available by 1996
Eurocopter France from 16jul96, then to Bolivia
C-5 (cn 10155) In the last years of its long carreer with the Dutch AF C-5 was the only F-27 to receive this two tone grey camouflage.
A-521 of 299 SQN in Soesterberg.
Corporate Jets Canadair CL-13B Sabre N30CJ ex RCAF 23504. Crashed on 4 NOV 2002, flying out of Soesterberg on a USAFE contract to tow darts for gunnery practice above the Northsea
On November 4, 2002, at 0850 eastern standard time, a Canadair F-86 airplane, N30CJ, was destroyed upon impact with terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine thrust during initial takeoff climb from the San Isidro Air Force Base, in the Dominican Republic. The airline transport rated pilot, sole occupant of the Korean War vintage aircraft, was fatally injured. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the international cross country flight for which a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The flight was originating from the Dominican Air Force Base at the time of the mishap. The flight’s intended destination was Ocala, Florida, with an intermediate refueling stop planned for Nassau, The Bahamas.
According to his wingman and witnesses, the airplane was in a slight climb attitude, wings level, at an estimated airspeed of 250 knots, when a “large ball of fire” was observed coming from the aircraft tailpipe. The pilot reported losing engine power and simultaneously initiated a left turn back towards the military airbase. The pilot established a glide and managed to maneuver the airplane away from populated areas, towards and open field. The airplane touched down in controlled flight on a marshy area. During the landing slide, one of the wings was reported to have collided with the remains of a partly covered abandoned truck, resulting in a post-impact fire.
F27-300M Troopship – Military transport version for Royal Netherlands Air Force.
C-7 F-27M Troopship rolling to its departure on RWY 27
N30CJ ex RCAF 23504. lOn November 4, 2002, at 0850 eastern standard time, a Canadair F-86 airplane, N30CJ, was destroyed upon impact with terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine thrust during initial takeoff climb from the San Isidro Air Force Base, in the Dominican Republic. The airline transport rated pilot, sole occupant of the Korean War vintage aircraft, was fatally injured. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the international cross country flight for which a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The flight was originating from the Dominican Air Force Base at the time of the mishap. The flight’s intended destination was Ocala, Florida, with an intermediate refueling stop planned for Nassau, The Bahamas.
According to his wingman and witnesses, the airplane was in a slight climb attitude, wings level, at an estimated airspeed of 250 knots, when a “large ball of fire” was observed coming from the aircraft tailpipe. The pilot reported losing engine power and simultaneously initiated a left turn back towards the military airbase. The pilot established a glide and managed to maneuver the airplane away from populated areas, towards and open field. The airplane touched down in controlled flight on a marshy area. During the landing slide, one of the wings was reported to have collided with the remains of a partly covered abandoned truck, resulting in a post-impact fire. Visitors at Soesterberg
Collided in mid-air with F-16A (84-1358, J-358) thirteen kilometres west of Grand Lake, Canada. The aircraft were flying out of Goosebay. The pilot of this aircraft, Capt. Rein “Snatch” Sneek, ejected safely
The first F-16 delivered to the KLu taxiing toward the active runway after a day of DACTing with F-15’s on Soesterberg AB. From june 29, 99: Used for educational training at Woensdrecht AFB
LM Aero T/V 6E-9
Fokker Local C/N L-057
Delivered RNlAF J-267 F-16B Block 10
Current RJAF 130 F-16B Block 20 MLU
Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
19 May 1981 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] F-16B Block 10
Feb 1982 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF TCA F-16B Block 10
Oct 1986 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 323 sqn F-16B Block 10
Mar 1994 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 313 sqn F-16B Block 10
Jun 1994 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 315 sqn F-16B Block 10
Jan 1997 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 311 sqn F-16B Block 10
Jun 1999 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 323 sqn F-16B Block 10
Unknown [con] J-267 [RNlAF] F-16B Block 20 MLU
Aug 2001 [act] J-267 [RNlAF] RNlAF 306 sqn F-16B Block 20 MLU
Unknown [sto] J-267 [RNlAF] F-16B Block 20 MLU Twenthe AB for refurbishment
29 Jul 2009 [act] 130 [RJAF] F-16B Block 20 MLU FMS Program: Peace Falcon IV
FMS Serial: M14-10
Unknown [act] 130 [RJAF] RJAF 1 sqn F-16B Block 20 MLU
21 days later: 13 june 1986 J-626 crashed into the North Sea just off the coast off Doggersbank, Netherlands. The pilot ejected safely and was rescued. Tijdens een DACT-missie met een 29 squadron
Phantom boven de Noordzee kreeg deze F-16 een
flame out, en na enkele herstartpogingen verliet de
piloot, tweede luitenant Marcel Bijmoer, zijn F-16
schietstoel. Een RAF Sea King kon de vlieger, die
voor een squadron exchange op Coningsby aanwezig
was, enige tijd later ongedeerd uit het water visse
boven de Doggersbank, een ondiepte in de Noordzee
ten oosten van Noord-Engeland.
Still quite new when pictured on the roller of Soesterberg AB in 1987. The aircraft is named Mean Machine on the ventral fin. This picture is pre- pacer tail.
Also a giveaway for maritime operat6ions is the long boom at the rear end of the plane for MAD: Magneto Anomaly Detection.
At the time a brand new C21 Bizjet for VIP transport, based on Ramstein Airbase in Germany
68-0467 (cn 3626) Belonging to the 526th TFS at Ramstein while on a visit to the 32nd TFS at Soesterberg airbase.
F-4E 67-0343 (cn 3194).rolling to departure end rwy 27. Later converted to QF-4E AF-111 and written off on 15 December 1999.
Lockheed C-130E Hercules (L-382)
A97-190 (cn 4190) for operation Manna Flight
6582 (c/n 382-4359) to AMARC as CF0200 Feb 10, 2003.
Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
Brittish Hercules with refeuling boom.
0882 (c/n 47541/670) to AMARC as CN0013 Sep 15, 2003.. Still on AMARC inventory Jan 15, 2008
A very relaxed crew is taxing towards the departure holding point.
The British Phantoms were on a rotation with the 32nd for a Dissimilar Air Combat Training
The C-141startlifter was one of the main transporters at the time of the REFORGER exercises. It also regularly brought spares to the 32nd FS on Soesterberg.
Italian Hercules wore giant markings, making it easy for spotters.
Greek Hercules on Soesterberg.
A white/grey Galaxy backtracking down the runway for taking off from Soesterberg AB
XS452, a trainer with side by side seating is slowing down after landing on runway 27 of Soesterberg. f/f 30/06/1965, d/d 20/09/1965, to Cranfield 29/06/1988, to G-BPFE 26/10/1988, to ZU-BBD 21/10/1996, Cape Town, South Africa
The BAC Lightning was a formidable plane with a top speed over mach 2 and a high manouvrability. The range and endurance however was limited. f/f 19/02/1965, d/d 15/08/1967, sold 27/04/1988, to Rossington, South Yorkshire 06/1988, to Binbrook Village, Lincolnshire 16/11/1991 for preservation
BAC Lightning: a revolutionary plane: two engines above each other and a wingsweep of 60°. f/f 20/05/1966, d/d 09/01/1967, l/f 30/06/1988 to Cranfield, Bedfordshire for storage, sold 11/1994 to Phoenix Aviation, broken up 12/1994 (cockpit only) to Bruntingthorpe, to Lavendon, Buckinghamshire 29/10/1995
84-1250/HR is the wing commanders plane at Hahn AB in Germany. It holds three squadrons, hence the three colours in the fin.
Being a American Airbase, the FAA sometimes came in. N58
Rockwell International NA-265-80 C/N 38024
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
23+01 (cn 7184) from JaBoG 34 from Memmingen. The last years of their operational life the Starfighters received this green lizard painting.
84-0468 – (c/n SH3115) fi rst fl ight 22jul85 as G-14-3115, delivered 01aug85. Active with 10th MAS aug85/oct90, named Greenham
Common. Departed Zweibrücken for USA via Stornoway on 02oct90, Transferred to US Forestry Service as N175Z on 26mar91.
80-3569 called FA-78 in Belgian service. Build as Block 15K became 20MLU and was sold to Jordan in 2009 as 149. Shot down by Isis on december 24, 2014 over Syria.
USAF F-16A block 15 #82-1009 was active with the 184th FS until its retirement at AMARC on February 9th, 2001
05 Mar 198482-1002 USAF F-16A Block 15N
Apr 1984: 614 TFS ‘TJ’ , Feb 1989: 309 TFS ‘HS’, Aug 1991: 170 TFS ‘SI’, 15 Mar 1992: 170 FS ‘SI’, 04 Oct 1994[sto]AAFG0238 AMARC ‘SI’
Sideview of the C-5 Galaxy over Soesterberg.
The Canadian Armed Forces used to have a presence in Germany with 1CAG. They flew with the CF-118, which is the F-18A with some modifications as the searchlight in the left side of the nose.
The the open day in Twente it was told that two Italian G-91’s were in Soesterberg for a weekend stop. As I arrived that monday morning, they just took off and I barely had a change to grab my camera…
1986 McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle C/N 0994/D062. Crashed in a field. Destroyed in post crash fire. The single pilot on board ejected at 2,000 feet and has been recovered. Witness reports and wreckage suggest the aircraft may have been in a flat spin. According to a report by Lincolnshire Police, who attended the crash scene:
The plane has come down in an isolated rural area and no premises have been affected. A cordon has been put in place and the public are advised to avoid the area as the plane is alight and the fumes may be hazardous.
UR-76700 (cn 0063471134) Just after the Iron Curtain came down an internatioale excercise was held for medica; personel. The Ukranian delegation was brought by this An-76 seen landing on the Soesterberg; thrust reverser deployed.
Antonov An-26 C/N 2507 Current Status:On active service
Antonov An-26 C/N 1602
Constructed as an An-26.
Taken on Strength/Charge with the Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej with s/n 1602.
To unknown owner with c/r PLW-1602.
1991 To unknown owner with c/r SP-LWC.
From Unknown to 1996 To unknown owner with c/r SP-KWC.
To unknown owner with c/r SP-KWC.
To unknown owner with c/r PLW-1602.
April 1996 Taken on Strength/Charge with the Wojska Ldowe RP with s/n 1602.
1964 Antonov An-12BP C/N 4342209 Also Registered As:
3560707J35J35-607to AustriaMil for spare parts, delivered jun99Short final for a fuel stop at Soesterberg AB enroute to RAF Fairford for the annual RIAT.
3251203J32E32-512Göteborg-Sävepresaug06aug12museum, F3 mks J-32E Lansen Short final for a fuel stop at Soesterberg AB enroute to RAF Fairford for the annual RIAT.
The Luftwaffe began to phase out their Alpha Jet A machines in 1992, reserving 45 for lead-in fighter training. A total of 50 were passed on to Portugal in 1993, replacing the Northrop T-38 Talon and Fiat G.91, with five of these used for spares
These maintenance difficulties and financial problems resulted in the reduction of the squadron’s flight hours, with the fleet only flying two hours in May 1988 and another 16 hours in August 1995, having the fleet been completely grounded in September of that year.
While these aircraft did not see any combat it was an important part of Portugal’s commitment to NATO during the Cold War with both its operating squadrons being under the command of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
And lift off…
Tail scheme to commemorate the disbandment of 314 sqn. Delvered 30 Jan 1986 and still flies in 2013
A rare sight: no one to pick up the chute at the runway, so the crew decided to leave it on…
308/V after one of its many landings with the gear traveling up. Manage consent