Special Reports

event November 2023 | location Soesterberg, Netherlands

With a special event on 11 November 2023 and a night shoot the evening before, the National Military Museum (NMM) in Soesterberg, Netherlands, celebrated the recent introduction of a unique F-16 into its collection. This one-of-a-kind F-16B J-066 is also known as the “Orange Jumper” which operated as test aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force as well as many European and US Air Forces.

event September 2022 | location Soesterberg, Netherlands

The Dutch National Military Museum (NMM) located at former Soesterberg Air Base, organised its first Nightshoot event. Spotters were invited to visit on 2 September 2022 during sun-set and early nightfall to photograph aircraft placed on the tarmac outside the museum.

event December 2020 | location Hyakuri, Japan

After 48 years the Japanese Self Defence Force (JASDF) bid farewell to the F-4EJ Phantom II when 301 Hikotai ceased Phantom operation on 20 November 2020. Japan was one of the last Countries in the world operating the type, attracting lots of aviation enthusiasts to the country to see the “Spooks” in action.

event> 6 July 2019 | location Woensdrecht AB, Netherlands

The Dutch government took delivery of its new government jet, an B737 BBJ registered PH-GOV to replaces the previously used Fokker 70. Saturday 6 July 2019, it was show to the public at Woensdrecht Air Base.

event October 2017 | location Schiphol, Netherlands

With its last passenger flight just the night before, 4 Fokkers 70s we retired Sunday 29 October 2017 from KLMs Cityhopper fleet. This marks the end of an era, 97 years of shared history between KLM and Fokker. Hundreds of people showing up at Schiphol East to witness this event.

event June 2016 | location Schiphol, Netherlands

As you might know, Iron Maiden’s front man, Bruce Dickinson is a spotter and pilot as well. This might have contributed in Iron Maiden choosing a Boeing 747 as airplane for their Book of Souls World Tour with, no wonder, Bruce behind the stick.

event November 2015 | location Schiphol, Netherlands

As part of KLM’s fleet renewal program, its first Boeing 787-9 touched down at it’s home base Amsterdam Schiphol on November 14. Just a week later, on Sunday 22 November, we were able to fly the first ever passenger flight. 21 Dreamliners -9 and -10 will join the KLM in the coming years.

event November 2014 | location Schiphol, Netherlands

After 21 year in service with KLM, the last scheduled passenger McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flight was operated on October 26, 2014, followed by three special farewell flights on November 11. These were to be the last passenger flights of the type in the world. Tickets for this event were sold within minutes, but Aviamagazine was fortunate to been on one of the flights.

event August 2014 | location Eindhoven, Netherlands

After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, B777-2H6 (9M-MRD) was shot down over civil war plagued Ukraine, the Royal Australian Air Force based one of its C-17s at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands, to help with the recovery efforts. The scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls on board, of which 195 were Dutch.

event March 2014 | location Schiphol/Rotterdam, Netherlands

24 and 25 March 2014, the Netherlands was host to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. 57 countries attended with lost of world leaders visiting through Schiphol airport.

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event August 2012 | location Fort Worth, United States

After the RAF, the Royal Netherlands Air Force is the second non US Air Force receiving their first F-35 Lightning II. Although the Dutch haven’t decided yet to buy the new fighter, participation in the development process was agreed. Now after eleven years, the first airframe (AN-1) took to the sky.

event 15 July 2010 | location Schiphol, Netherlands

Tens of thousands watched the first visit of the Airbus A380 to Schiphol International Airport. Although there are already 40+ A380s in service, this was the first ever visit to the Netherlands. The Airbus test airframe (F-WWDD, 2e prototype MSN004) is on a European tour for airports to test their readiness.

event September 2008 | location Kleine Brogel, Belgium

On September 10 2008 the first 4 of 12 former Belgian Air Force (2 and 10 Wg) F-16AM/BM’s were delivered from Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium

event 1 May 2007 | location Aviadrome Lelystad, Netherlands

On Tuesday, May 1st, an ex Spanish Air Force CASA 352L was rolled out at Lelystad Airport, The Netherlands. The aircraft is painted in colours and markings of a Ju-52/3 mg which (crash-)landed at the beach near Den Haag during the first days of May 1940.

event 20 April 2007 | location Volkel AB, Netherlands

Both the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Spyker Formula One team tested there strength 20th of April at the Full Throttle event on Volkel AB, where a F-16 raced the Spyker F1 race car.

Exclusively Aviamagazine.com was one of the few lucky to be invited to this special event.

event 16 April 2007 | location Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands

In 2006 the Dutch Ministery of Defence decided after a study to station 14 F-16AM/BM’s at Springfield Beckley MAP, Ohio to train Dutch pilots.

On Monday April 16th, 6 F-16’s left Leeuwarden Air Base for a non stop ferry flight to Springfield.

event 5 April 2007 | location Netherlands

On Thursday April 5th another 6 F-16AM&BM’s left the Netherlands for their new home base in Chili. They will be stationed at Cerro Moreno Air Base with Grupo No.8 The Vipers delivered this time were in standard RnethAF camo and markings (no one carried squadronmarkings). They will be repainted in Chili

event September 2006 | location Netherlands & Chile

AviaMagazine is proud to present the exclusive first picture of the former Dutch F-16s on Chile ground in Chile markings, during the delivery flight.

event 13 January 2006 | location Aviodrome Lelystad, Netherlands

Can you imagine the surprise when Captain Niklas Sandström called the Dutch Aviation museum Aviodrome for directions to Lelystad Airport to deliver a Saab Viggen? On Friday the 13th of January (ya, why not) the AJSH-37 arrived at the Aviodrome. Aviamagazine was present.

event 31 March / 21 April 2005 | location Woensdrecht AB, Netherlands

After several years, the RNLAF replaced it´s demo F-16 (J-016) with a new airframe J-055 and a complete new color scheme. AviaMagazine already was the first site worldwide to show you the first pictures off the rollout at Woensdrecht AB on March 31. Now we're proud to present exclusive pictures of the first acceptation demo held at Woensdrecht AB on April 21st.