As it approaches its half-century, what is now the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight has developed into one of Europe’s primary historic aircraft operators, its fleet representing many important aspects of Dutch military aviation


Spit fire LFIX MK732/PH-OUQ sports RNLAF codes 3W-17, as worn in service with 322 Squadron from 1946- 53. That unit’s nickname Polly Grey, taken from the parrot that features on its crest, is worn on the aircraft’s nose. At the controls here is Chris Lorraine, a former RAF Jaguar pilot who went on a squadron exchange posting to the RNLAF and liked it so much he stayed in the Netherlands, going on to become head of the country’s Military Aviation Authority.
Back to the early days of the Stichting Vliegsport Gilze- Rijen: a 1976 shot of Super Cub PH-GAU (formerly R-181) in front of the operation’s first hangar.
Autumn leaves at Gilze-Rijen air base provide a delightful backdrop to Super Cub R-181/PH-GAU.

When a small group of active and retired Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Navy pilots sat together for the first time on 17 October 1968 to discuss the establishment of a flying club, they could never have guessed that this initiative would gradually build up to become one of Europe’s most impressive fleets of historic aircraft: the Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht (KLuHV), or Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight (RNLAFHF).

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