[dropcap]L[/dropcap]eeuwarden Air Base was originally built in 1936 as a civil airfield. The airfield was put into use on June 24, 1938 but it was not much frequented since the airfield was mainly used by aircraft of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for flights between Schiphol (Amsterdam) and Eelde (Groningen). Leeuwarden Air Base is situated north-west of the City of Leeuwarden. It is the only air force base in the northern part of The Netherlands. The air base is home of two F-16 squadrons: 322 Squadron and 323 Squadron, both operating the Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon. It is also the home of 303 Search And Rescue Squadron, operating the Agusta Bell AB412SP helicopter.

Leeuwarden Air Base

Leeuwarden Air Base

Aircraft in the galley are McDonnell Douglas KDC-10-30CF s/n T-235, Gates Learjet 36A s/n N116MA, Aero L-39E Albatros s/n ES-TLE, McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom s/n 3701, General Dynamics F-16DG Night Falcon s/n 90-0777, General Dynamics F-16CG Night Falcon s/n 88-0525, Mil Mi-35 s/n 3369, Bell UH-1D Iroquois s/n 7264, Boeing C-17A Globemaster III s/n 080003, Westland Sea King HU5 s/n ZA166, Westland Sea King HU5 s/n ZA166, Antonov An-2T s/n N244MJ, Grob G-103 Twin B s/n PH-718, Elan DG-300 s/n PH-784, Schleicher ASW-28 s/n PH-1216, Grob G-103 Twin B s/n PH-751, Diamond Super Dimona s/n PH-1138, General Dynamics F-16BM Fighting Falcon s/n FB-22, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n 677, Sukhoi Su-22UM3K s/n 308, McDonnell Douglas F-15D Eagle s/n 86-0182, McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle s/n 86-0175, Eurofighter Typhoon s/n 3070, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-020, Pilatus PC-7 s/n 3H-FG, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-202, D-BD Alpha Jet E s/n AT-10, Socata TB-30 Epsilon s/n 116 / 315-YG, Grob 120A-F s/n F-GUKM, Fokker 50 s/n U-06, Fokker F-27M Troopship s/n FF-3, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-015, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-060, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-193, General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon s/n J-881, Lockheed C-130H Hercules s/n G-781, Douglas DC-2 s/n NC39165 / PH-AJU, Dornier 228 s/n PH-CGN, McDonnell Douglas F-18C Hornet s/n HN-424, General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon s/n 91-0011, MiG 29A s/n 67, Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow s/n Q-17, Gates Learjet C-21A s/n 84-0083, Gates Learjet C-21A s/n 84-0110, DHC-2 Beaver s/n PH-DHC / S-9, Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB s/n PH-KHV / G-29, Beech D18S s/n PH-LSK / B-64, Douglas C-47A Skytrain s/n PH-DDZ, Piper PA-44-180 Seminole s/n PH-MLN, Piaggio FWP-149D s/n D-EIFE, Piaggio P-149D s/n D-EEGD, Piaggio P-149 s/n D-EERP, Piaggio FWP-149D s/n D-EFTU, Saab S-91D Safir s/n PH-RLA, Beech 58 Baron s/n PH-BYB, Socata TB-20 Trinidad GT s/n PH-MLK, Socata TB-20 Trinidad GT s/n PH-MLL, Gippsland GA-8 Airvan s/n PH-KMR, Cessna F172N s/n PH-RCF, Robin R2160 s/n PH-SVN, Sukhoi Su-20 Fitter s/n 56 RED, Stemme S-15 s/n D-KAIR, Boeing CH-47D Chinook s/n D-664, Boeing CH-47D Chinook s/n D-103, MBB Bo-105CB s/n B-77, Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow s/n Q-05, Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet E Patrouille de France, Transall C-160R s/n R86 / 61-ZD, Transall C-160R s/n R86 / 61-ZD, Transall C-160D s/n 69-033, EHI NH-90 NFH s/n N-195, EHI EH-101 Merlin HM1 s/n ZH837, Sud SA-316B Alouette III s/n A-247, Sud SA-316B Alouette III s/n A-301, Agusta AB-412SP s/n R-03

Robert Hodgson