The 2013 RNLAF Open Days on 14 and 15
June 2013 at Volkel Air Base.
During the Dutch Defence Open Days the Defence organization demonstrated
its ongoing deploy ability for peace and security in the Netherlands and
far beyond its borders. The services of the armed forces showcased
various advanced weapon systems in large-scale displays, demonstrating
how the armed forces use them in the Air Power Display.
The air show part of the RNLAF Open Days with flight demonstrations of
various types of aircraft and helicopters from the Netherlands and
abroad was the highlight of the day for many people, visitors and
personnel alike. Of special interest where the Su-22 pair from Poland,
the Mirage 2000 Ramex delta pair from France and the Viggen of the
Swedish historical flight. Several formations gave a impression of the
Air Force during the years from props of the Dutch air force historical
flight to an privately owned Hunter and Meteor.
On the static display there was an extensive exhibition of aircraft,
helicopters, guided missiles and various stands. The public got a look
at the past and future of the Air Force, but the most important thing
was to give them an impression of how the Air Force operates today, and
how it employs its personnel and materiel during the missions of the
Displayed where some older operational aircraft like the A-7ís, F-4 and
even an Estonian An-2. But also newer types like the Finish PC-21 and
NH-90 from Holland. These where complemented with several private planes
like a Lim-2 from Poland and a ejx USAF Vietnam Cessna O-2A Skymaster now
based at based at Teuge after arriving from the states last week. 2013
being a jubilee year for several squadrons gave some nice tails on the
static and a special F-4F from Germany marking the imminent service end
of the type with the German Air Force .
2013 is a jubilee year for the Royal Netherlands air Force celebrating
100 years of military flight in the Netherlands. During this period the
air weapon proved it us in several theatres and deployments.
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, at the end of the 1980s, the
threat from Eastern Europe decreased dramatically. Same as with other
armed forces, this new situation led to a change of strategy within the
Royal Netherlands Air Force. The focus shifted more and more to the
provision of support in international conflicts.
Although the Royal Netherlands Air Force had provided support to
international operations in conflict areas before, this type of
deployment took on a larger scale in the 1990s.