My friend Peter van ____, who was the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron’s Dutch military liaison officer when I flew F-15s at Soesterberg Air Base from 1978-1982, just sent me a batch of NATO archival photos taken there on 5 & 6 April 1961. The occasion was either a NATO exercise or possibly the production of a newsreel about NATO operations in the Netherlands.
Other photos show RNLAF Hawker Hunter fighters, along with visiting RAF Gloster Javelins and Luftwaffe F-86 Sabres (in my day we were frequently visited by Belgian F-16s, F-104s from Canadian bases in northern Germany, Luftwaffe Alpha Jets and F-4s, FGR2 Phantoms & SEPECAT Jaguars (and the occasional Buccaneer) from British bases in the UK & northern Germany, and a mix of F-4s and F-15s from USAF bases in Germany).
These are just some of the photos. Hold the mouse over the thumbnails to see descriptions. Click on the thumbnails to see the larger originals in my Vliegbasis Soesterberg album on Flickr.
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