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Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation
 

The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight Foundation was founded in 1969 by a group of former fighterpilots of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Navy, it was then called the Stichting Vliegsport Gilze-Rijen. With the Permission of the former commander of the air base a hanger was build to accomodate the restoration of one Piper Super Cub and a T-6 Harvard. The Purpose of this was a followup course for recreational flyers.

In the following years more planes arrived at the flight and were restored to flying condition. Since 1976 the Flight focussed on propellor driven aircraft wich were mainly used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force and return them to airworthy condition. In 1995 the name of the of Stichting Vliegsport Gilze-Rijen was changed in Gilze-Rijen Historic Flight and in 1998 they joined forces with the Dutch Spitfire Flight into what is now called The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight Foundation.

Since 1998 the Foundation grew to a very representable flying museum with a unique collection of aircraft. The professionality and dedication of the volunteers and the hospitality of the Royal Netherlands Air Force makes this all possible.

In the past, the Foundation contributed to a variaty of feature films, like “A bridge to far”, “Soldaat van Oranje” and “De Aanslag”.  The historic fleet is also a regular visitor to airshows to represent the RNLAF. It plays host for aviation related events and presentations are given about the history of aviation. The sight of formation flights, the smell, sight and sound of the historic machines in flight gives an impression that will last for long. Although a flight in one of these aircraft is even harder to forget.

The foundation is a flying museum with al the caracteristics of a professional aviation enterprise. The technical department and the flying-service of the Foundation meet requirements made by the Dutch Aviation Authority with regards to operating historical aircraft. The fleet consists of airworthy and non-airworthy aircraft (see below) of wich some are on loan from the RNLAF or the RNLAF Museum. On the non-airworthy list are quite a few rare aircraft like the Fokker F-27 Friendship, Fokker S-14.1 Mach Trainer and a Ryan STM-2. The latter will be airworthy in a couple of years. The two Fokkers are owned by the flight, but time, operators and funding is real hard to get for these types of aircraft.

On December 11, 2004 the Foundation played an honourable and rewarding role at the entombment of His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard. As salute the Spitfire broke out of a missing-man formation of 3 RNLAF F-16s from 322 Squadron (322 Sqn was formed by the Prince) to tribute the important role the Prince played for the Air Force during his life.

Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation - Netherlands
 

Beech D18S-3NM
PH-KHV - G-29 - Read more

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De Havilland Canada DHC.2 Beaver Mk 1
PH-DHC - S-9 - Read more

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De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
PH-TYG - A-57 - Read more

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Fokker F-27-100 Friendship
PH-FBP - C-3

 

Fokker S-11.1 Instructor
PH-RGB - E-20

 

Fokker S-11.1 Instructor
PH-HOI - E-32

 

Fokker S-11.1 Instructor
PH-SII - E-24

 

Fokker S-11.1 Instructor
PH-HOE - E-6

 

Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-IIB - B-118 - Read more

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Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-MLM - B-71 - Read more

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Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-LSK - B-64

 

Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-TBR - B-182 - Read more

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Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-IBI - B-181

 

Noorduyn Harvard IIb
PH-IBY - B-184

 

North American TB-25N Mitchell
PH-XXV - 232511/N5-149 - Read more

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Piper L-21A/PA-18-135 Super Cub
PH-GAU - R-181

 

Piper L-21A/PA-18-135 Super Cub
PH-GAZ - R-109 - Read more

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Piper L-21A/PA-18-135 Super Cub
PH-KNR - R-177

 

Piper L-21A/PA-18-135 Super Cub
PH-PPW - R-122 - Read more

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Piper L-21A/PA-18-135 Super Cub
PH-PSC - R-137

 

Ryan STM-S2
PH-RTM - S-16

 

Stinson L-5 Sentinel
PH-PBB - Read more

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXb
PH-OUQ - MK732/3W-17 - Read more

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Taylorcraft Auster AOP III
PH-NGK - R-18

 
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