2013 Air Shows

The 2013 RNLAF Open Days on Friday, 14 and Saturday, 15 June 2013

Location: Volkel Airbase, Netherlands
Admission: FREE
Parking: motorcars € 6 (near the airbase)
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The air show in Volkel was the highlight of the RNLAF Open Days in 2013. This year was the 100th Anniversary of Military Aviation in Netherlands. Over 250,000 people celebrated the two day long festivities. This was the largest aviation event in the Netherlands, the public were able to enjoy air demos from home and abroad.
The gates opened at 8am, the air show started at 9 a.m., and continued non-stop until 5 p.m. The show was very well organized, despite traffic jams on the roads to the base, both days went off without problems. The weather changed often from sunny to dark clouds and to rain. Saturday was much better than on Sunday for the public, although on Sunday the downpour at lunchtime did not deter the public. Once the weather brightened in the afternoon, more visitors continued to arrive. the better weather conditions.
The demonstrations were spectacular both the solo performances and the group formation. The teams included the SU-22 Fitter from Poland, Ramex Delta and the Patrouille de France from France, Frecce Tricolori from Italy, Red Arrows from the UK, Patrouille Suisse from Switzerland, and the Pilatus PC-7 Team from Austria.
The solo performances were outstanding several of them included flares such as from the C-130J of the Danish Air Force, and the RNLAF Demo Apache Helicopter among them, what a sight! One of the many highlights was the Launch Airpower Demo with all types of aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. And then a moment that nobody will forget: the Dutch airline KLM had invited 130 Children with cancer to a special flight. The Boeing 737 was escorted by (10) F-16 from the RNLAF. Wow, what a sight, once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many fighters escorting an airliner!
The rarely seen restored Swedish Saab Viggen, and let us not forget the F-16 Solo Turk, solos of the Belgium F-16 and the F-16 from the RNLAF flown by Capt. Stefan “Stitch” Hutten.

What a feast for any aviation enthusiast; two fantastic days! What an excellent way to celebrate the Centenary of Dutch Military Aviation!

ASR Media would like to thank Major J.H.F. van der Eijk, Chief, Press and Public Information Office at Airbase Volkel, and all personnel for their generous cooperation.

Some of the performers included:

  • Gloster Meteor   
  • F-16 Solo Display team, Belgium    
  • PZL-Mielec SB LIM-2 
  • Saab AJS 37 Viggen, Sweden
  • C-130J, Danmark 
  • Fouga CM-170 Magister
  • Douglas C-47 Dakota
  • Hawker Hunter    
  • RNLAF (K)DC-10 
  • Spitfire
  • Saab JAS-39C Gripen, Czechien
  • RAMEX Delta Mirage M-200N, France
  • Boeing F/A-18C Hornet Solo, Norway
  • Pilatus PC-7 Display, Austria
  • Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk  
  • F-16 Solo Turk demoteam, Turkey
  • SU-22 Fitter, Poland       
  • Frecce Tricolori, Italy
  • Red Arrows, UK
  • Patrouille Suisse, Swiss
  • Patrouille de France, France 


  • Apache Solo Display team RNLAF
  • Boeing CH-47D/F Chinook, RNLAF   
  • Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo-105, Germany    
  • MI-24/35 Hind, Czech      


  • Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 
  • Ling-Temco-Vought A-7H Corsair II 
  • RNLAF (K)DC-10 
  • Spitfire   
  • Dornier DO 228-212 
  • Gulfsteam IV
  • Antonov-2
  • Alenia C27J Spartan 
  • Lockheed C-130H Hercules  
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
  • Boeing E-3A AWACS
  • Hispano HA-200
  • Pilatus PC-12NG   
  • Historic military aircraft KLuHV
  • RNLAF F-16BM Orange Jumper 
  • Casa-295 
  • Antonov AN-26
  • F-16A/BM
  • Aero L-39ZAM Albatros 
  • Dassault Rafale C    
  • De Havilland Dragon Rapide
  • Fokker S-11 Instructor


  • Boeing CH-47D/F Chinook 
  • Agusta AB-412 SP 'Tweety'  
  • Eurocopter EC-135 T-2 
  • NH-90 NFH       
  • MBB BO-105     
Rating: 10 out of 10

Report and photography by Peter Thivessen for ASR Media LLC
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