The Royal Netherlands Air Force organized the 'Luchtmachtdagen 2019' airshow in the weekend of June 14th and June 15th, 2019. This huge event took place at the Volkel airbase (EHVK), which is one of the two fighter bases of The Netherlands. The Luchtmachtdagen airshow is one of the biggest military aviation events in Europe. During this two-day event more than 240,000 people came to Volkel at the Southern part of The Netherlands to see the Royal Netherlands Air Force and its partners at work. The main theme of this edition of the Luchtmachtdagen was called "We are the Air Force" and was a wonderful tribute to the many people who work for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Many European allied air forces participated at the Luchtmachtdagen 2019 with a wide variety of fighter jets, helicopters and transport aircraft. The highlight of the Luchtmachtdagen 2019 was the presence of two Dutch F-35A fighter jets who flew in from the USA especially for this event. One of the F-35's also participated at the impressive Air Power Demo.
Other highlights during the Luchtmachtdagen 2019 were impressive demonstrations of the Saab 35 Draken and the Saab 37 Viggen fighter jets of the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight, the C-17J Spartan of the Italian Air Force, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III of the USAF, the F-16 'Dark Falcon' of the Belgian Air Force and displays of the Patrouille Suisse, Red Arrows and Patrouille de France aerobatic teams. At the end of the impressive Air Power Demo, ten F-16 fighter jets of several Dutch squadrons of the Volkel and Leeuwarden airbases flew in formation with the F-35A Lightning II. The Luchtmachtdagen 2019 also had a beautiful line-up of static aircraft such as two McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jets of the Hellenic Air Force, an F-35A fighter jet of the Italian Air Force, several F-16 fighter jets from Belgium, Denmark and Norway, a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter from the Dutch National Military Museum and an Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) that came directly from the Airbus factory. The public could not only enjoy Dutch and foreign aircraft, but could also visit numerous information stands, recruitment stands, flight simulators and a specially built 'Kamp Holland' where visitors could learn everything about foreign militaire missions.
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens
Locations: Volkel airbase (The Netherlands)
More info: Koninklijke Luchtmacht