In de summer of 1966, when I was 17 years old, I started my hobby at the "cradle" Soesterberg Air Force Base in The Netherlands, close to the city of Utrecht. Soesterberg AFB was very attractive for aviation enthusiasts. The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) was based at the north-side of the field and the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) at the south-side called "Camp New-Amsterdam".
During all those years I photographed many based and visiting aircraft. In my photo gallery and slideshow you find the most attractive shots.
Volkert van den Berg.
Badge 32 TAC FTR SQDN (USAFE) WOLFHOUNDS
1954-1956 F-86 Sabre
1956-1960 F-100 Super Sabre
1960-1969 F-102 Delta Dagger
1969-1978 F-4 Phantom II
1978-1994 F-15 Eagle
Due to the support of Gerrit van de Veen the ZULU-hangar at Camp New Amsterdam will be preserved. He also found an ally in the Menno van Coehoorn Foundation, which is active in the field of military heritage.
Mayor and Aldermen of the municipality of Zeist have decided on the 7th of October 2015 that they will put the ZULU-hangar (building A38, Dolderseweg 34, Huis ter Heide) on the list of municipal monuments.
Source: Onze Luchtmacht nr 6-2015.
This ex Portugese Air Force F-86F with the serial 5307 was painted up as USAF 52-5385 in 32FDS colors. Due to the support of Peter van Weenen it was parked for a very short period in the shelter area of the 32nd FS and finally moved to the new National Military Museum at Soesterberg AFB where it has been parked in front of the museum. The photo from the left side shows the badge of the 32nd TFS under the cockpit.
©Photos by Peter van Weenen.
Photo June 2010 ©John Lekkerkerker.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force Museum (MLM) was established at Soesterberg Air Base in 1968 and moved in 1980 to a location nearby the village of Soesterberg, called Kamp van Zeist.
In 1969 the Greek Air Force received a squadron of Delta Daggers from the US Air Force, including this aircraft with serial 56-1052. The type was withdrawn in 1974, and this aircraft was stored at Elefsis in Greece. In 1997 this F-102A was taken over by the Friends of the Military Aviation Museum from the Greek Air Force and loaned to the MLM. The serial 61032 (56-1032) belongs to the commander's aircraft of the 32nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron and was painted in a scheme that was used in the period 1960-1963. The real 1032 went to the USA on 3 July 1969 for service with the 132nd FIS Maine ANG, a year later it was transferred to the 159th FIS Florida ANG. In 1974 the unit received the F-106 and 1032 was placed in storage at Davis Monthan AFB. In 1979 it departed and was converted into a PQM102B drone.
In front of the new museum NMM Soesterberg on 11 July 2018 F-102A 61032.
On August 27, 1956, Hunter F.Mk.4 with the registration N-122 was delivered by Fokker to the 324 squadron and flew consecutively with the 327, 323 and 325 squadron before it moved on 30 September 1958 to the Flight Service Squadron Leeuwarden. On 29 May 1959 it was written off after 227.5 flight hours and transferred for instructional purposes to the Air Force Technical School in Deelen. Since early 1984 it is part of the MLM collection.
Photo 11 July 2018 in front of the new museum NMM Soesterberg.
Due to runway repairs at Twenthe Air Base a number of NF-5A/Bs from 313 and 315sq were deployed to Soesterberg Air Base in the beginning of April 1985. The following four were photographed during their stay.
Later NF-5B visitors
In September/October 1984 the 32TFS with F-15Cs participated in the annual exercise William Tell Meet at Tyndall AFB in Florida. To prepare for this exercise F-4Es from Hahn and Ramstein AFB came to Soesterberg AFB to practice with the 32TFS during the summer of 1984.
Seen here is F-4E 68-0388/HR white fin-tip from the 313TFS/50TFW based at Hahn AFB in West-Germany.