Den Helder/De Kooy (EHKD)

RWY 03/21     POS 52°55'24"N 004°46'50"E     ELEV 3 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Defence Helicopter Command

7sq NH90-NFH (on loan) Nimmer ten vang


860sq NH90-NFH Arcens affligo
 

After years of troubles it seems that the NH-90 naval variant is getting more and more stable. More and more of these helicopters can be seen flying at the De Kooy airbase.

(February 2022, Frank Noort)

Within the Air-to-Air Refuelling Initiative of the European Defence Agency several Nations have agreed to co-operate in a multinational Programme: The Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Unit, also known as MMU, operating 9 A330MRTT aircraft or KC-30M as they are also called. One could argue if the A330 should be listed on this orbat. The aircraft are jointly owned by the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Norway and Czech republic. But, as they are having a KLu roundel, we have listed them here. 5 aircraft will be based at Eindhoven airbase, 4 will be at Köln-Bonn.

(Eindhoven. Maurice Hendriks)

Eindhoven (EHEH)

RWY 03/21     POS 51°27'00"N 005°22'28"E     ELEV 74 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Air Mobility Command (AMC)

334sq Gulfstream IV
Semper et Ubique


336sq C-130H
C-130H-30
Sudore Ac Pulvere
Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU)

MMU A330MRTT
Within the Air-to-Air Refuelling Initiative of the European Defence Agency several Nations have agreed to co-operate in a multinational Programme: The Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Unit, also known as MMU, operating 9 A330MRTT aircraft, based at both Eindhoven and Köln-Bonn (DE).
 

336 Squadron operates 4 C-130’s out of Eindhoven. Two C-130H, the G-781 and G-988, and two longer variants, designated C-130H-30 with serials G-273 and G-275. Also these aircraft are reaching end of life so the KLu is looking for replacements. The G-273 and G-275 have been flying mission in Mali lately for the UN. The C-130H fleet will be replaced by the C-390M.

(Eindhoven, November 2021, Maurice Hendriks)

Although the G-IV was originally planned to be replaced with a second-hand Gulfstream 650 (G650) in 2021, this has now been postponed with one year. The new VIP Gulfstream is expected to arrive at Eindhoven in 2023.

(Eindhoven, November 2021, Maurice Hendriks)

Fort Hood-Killeen/Robert Gray AAF (TX) (United States of America) (KGRK)

RWY 15/33, HEL     POS 31°04'02"N 097°49'44"W     ELEV 1015 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Defence Helicopter Command

302sq CH-47F
AH-64E
On 14 December 2022 302sq received the first two AH-64E Guardian Apaches.
 
Gilze-Rijen (EHGR)

RWY 02/20, 10/28     POS 51°34'05"N 004°55'59"E     ELEV 49 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Defence Helicopter Command

298sq CH-47F Nihil Nobis Nimium


300sq AS532U2
In Mobilate Vis Nostra


301sq AH-64DN
AH-64E (o/o)
Per Sapientam Efficiens et Immortalis
The first AH-64Es are expected in November 2023 at 301sq.
 

The 28 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters of the Defensie Helikopter Commando of the Netherlands will be equipped with new fuselages, gearboxes and rotor blades. The power of the engines will be increased. In addition, the aircraft will receive improved mission equipment. This means that the AH-64D is practically modernized to the configuration status of the AH-64E Guardian.

(Gilze-Rijen, Novermber 2021, Mischa Siebeling)

Back in 2011 the Dutch Ministry of Defence suddenly decided to withdraw all AS532 Cougars from service because of budget cuts. However, it turned out that these helicopters were vital for the Koninklijke Luchtmacht and many returned to service. Out of 17 delivered aircraft, 12 are still in service.

(Alex van der Goot)

Leeuwarden (EHLW)

RWY 05/23, 09/27     POS 53°13'43"N 005°45'38"E     ELEV 4 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Air Combat Command (ACC)

306sq MQ-9A Videre Vincere EST


322sq F-35A Niet praten maar doen
The MQ-9s are operated out of Hato, Curaçao, Dutch Antilles.
 

In 2015, the Dutch Air Force decided to buy 14 new CH-47F helicopters, as the CH-47D models were reaching their end-of-life after 25 years in service. The 6 existing CH-47F helicopters will be upgraded to the same CH-47F MYII CAAS version (GLV V, June 2021, Mischa Siebeling)

(GLV V, August 2021, Mischa Siebeling)

The Netherlands was the second international partner to receive the F-35. After years and years of debate, the Dutch government finally chose the F-35 as successor of the F-16 which was a decision then followed by many countries. 46 aircraft have now been ordered but this might be expanded in the near future.

(Star Wars Canyon, January 2019, Frank Noort)

Luke AFB (AZ) (KLUF)

RWY 03L/21R, 03R/21L     POS 33°32'06"N 112°22'59"W     ELEV 1090 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
56th FW

308th FS F-35A Emerald Knights
 
Volkel (EHVK)

RWY 06R/24L, 06L/24R     POS 51°39'23"N 005°42'31"E     ELEV 72 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge
Air Combat Command (ACC)

312sq F-16AM
Audax Cum Consilio


313sq F-35A Scherpgetand
 

The transition to the F-35 is well underway and Volkel’s 313 squadron is receiving the first of their frames. You can however still enjoy the sight of the last F-16s at 312sq which are looking more and more beautiful with its full colour markings and tail fins.

(Volkel , Alex van der Goot)

On 16 December 2020, The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced they will say goodbye to the Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer in seven years. The fleet of thirteen basic propeller trainers of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht will then reach the end of their life. It is now being examined how the PC-7s will be replaced.

(Woensdrecht, Sept 2021, Frank Noort)

Woensdrecht (EHWO)

RWY 07/25     POS 51°26'57"N 004°20'31"E     ELEV 63 ft

Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Tail Code Tail Colour Badge


131(EMVO)sq PC-7 Mea Doctrina Volantes
Also based here is LCW (Logistiek Centrum Woensdrecht - Logistic Centre Woensdrecht ) taking care of heavy maintenance for RNlAF aircraft.
Stork Aerospace is also situated at this base. Maintenance for many RNlAF aircraft is performed here, but also for the KNL F-16 and Fokker aircraft of foreign states. Also some Fokkers are stored here.
 

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