The 'Militaire Luchtvaart Museum' is the official museum of the Dutch Royal Air Force. It shows the history of the Dutch Royal Air Force, the Naval Aviation and the Dutch-Indies Air Force.
The 'Snijdershal' takes you back in time. Photographs, film, uniforms and of course the aircrafts illustrate key periods in the evolution of military aviation from 1913 to 1950.
The 'Vreeburghal' shows the fighters, helicopters and training aircrafts from the Royal Air Force and the Naval Aviation from 1950 to present, such as the F-16.
In the Flying Center is much to discover about the phenomenon of flying. Including a glider flight simulator and a F-16 flight simulator.
Entrance is free!
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I am particularly interested in military aviation history from 1914 - 45 and knew little of the Dutch aviation history until I visited this museum.
The museum is based in a large hanger and has a good display of aircraft from the early days of flying to more recent years.
There are a number of recreations of historical placements such as an airforce workshop in the 1920s. It was interesting to see that the Dutch uniforms seemed to be a mix of English and French types. The war years were particularly interesting and showed how brave Dutch men escaped Holland to fly for the RAF.
Admission is free and allow one hour for a visit. There is a small children's play area and a cafe.
Clean restrooms and fully disabled friendly.
Address: Kampweg 120, 3769 DJ, Soesterberg
Directions: From Centraal Station Utrecht: bus route 52 to Amersfoort. Get off at the stop Kampweg and then a 10 minute walk.
On Sundays bus 56 from Centraal Station Amersfoort: bus 56 route to Zeist. Get off at the stop 't Zwaantje and then a 15 minute walk.
Phone: 0346 35 60 00
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If you have the time, and come on a weekday, and especially if you hear planes or helicopters, visit the spotter's hill along the van Weerden Poelmanweg. From it, you can see across the airbase along the biggest runway. Even if there are no planes, it still gives a nice view across the airfield towards Zeist and Utrecht.
Address: van Weerden PoelmanwegRelated to:
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Outdoors the larger planes are waiting for you - as well as a wonderful collection of jetfighters. There's even a Russian MIG present on the field, which was of course a wonderful surprise for our father in law that visitied The Netherlands recently and saw that what interests him most: airforces.
In Hangar 3 the children (as well as adults that prefer to stay curious) are in for a treat. Here one explanes everything in details about airplanes. How do wings lift an airplane and what does a jet-engine actualy do? Questions that will be answered in a very clear way. Furthermore one will see how a chair shoots out of an jetplane and one can actually make a flight in a simulator.
In Hangar 2 there is a collection of more modern airplanes, especially the attention towards jet-engine driven machines. The first Dutch jet-plane was a Gloster Meteor, just after the second worldwar the NL airforce obtained a handfull of them. Now-a-days they are flying with F-16's and add to the NATO airforce all over the world.
Also in Hangar 1 you will find a wonderful collection of uniforms worn in the time that uniforms still were colourful and bright. This section is especially interesting for all that have the interest not only on airplanes, but everything that surrounds it.
In Hangar 1 you will find the old models. The airplanes the Dutch airforce used from the start at the end of the 19th century to the years just after the second world war. Fokkers wonderful classic models, that stoole the show in the early decades of the 20st century are to be seen in real, as well as magnificent planes such as the Spitfire, the Focke-Wulfe, the Mustang and the Mitchel-bomber.
Also outside are the air defense systems. Rocketsystems that can track, follow and disable airplanes that are in the wrong territory and don't respond to warnings.
Also in Hangar 2 the history of the helicopters within the Dutch airforce. There are six examples from old two new standing here.