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#1 Stony

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:29 PM

Over 30 years I have been a regular visitor to this museum and always enjoyed it.

 

A few years ago the Military Aviation Museum at Soesterberg  merged with the other defence museums  to cut the costs.

The Aviation Museum and Army museum were put together in one new building and the Navy Museum remained at her old location in Den Helder.

 

They made one big mistake during this proces... they hired a curator who has no knowledge about the  military.

But thank god for the volunteers, who ironed out most of the wrinckles over the past few years.

 

The ├Âld"Aviation Museum had a big collection wich was displayed in a few old buildings at Soesterberg. and they had a few airframes in storage at the Soesterberg Airbase. 

During the merge  the depot was cleared and all surplus F-104's and NF-5's were sold or scrapped and their huge engine collection was also cleared...

 

In the new situation about 60% of the collection is stored in their depot and can only been seen 1 weekend a year or if you are lucky by apointment.....

 

So I am not realy happy with the new situation.

 

It is still a great museum on a great location, and if youare also  in to military vehicles it  is worth a visit.

 

The first photo's are shot in 1989 or so.

 

The C-47 is an ex Danish Air Force and in the '80s and early '90s the engines were run once or twice a year when the museum was closed for public. I was lucky enough to get an invitation to witness such an event..(I skipped school that day.. :) )

 

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I don't have photo's of the inside of the museum in that period... had a crappy camera then...

 

This PBY hasn't been on display for 15 years now.... It was repainted and put in storage...

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:54 PM

     Thank you Stony for the information and the pictures. Now mister, it is your

mission, whether you decide to accept it or not, is to break into that building and 

get us some great pictures of all the great stuff inside. :) If it helps any, I am

asking, please.? ;)  :P

 

Go on now, get-er-dun. :ph34r:

 

God speed, Jeff :)


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:11 PM

Thank you Stony for the information and the pictures. Now mister, it is your
mission, whether you decide to accept it or not, is to break into that building and
get us some great pictures of all the great stuff inside. :) If it helps any, I am
asking, please.? ;) :P

Go on now, get-er-dun. :ph34r:

God speed, Jeff :)

I already did some attempts to get inside, officialy and unofficialy...without succes so far....maybe a new attempt in april...

Will post more pictures soon...

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:09 PM

I have some troubles with my photo server, so I am not able to post more photo's at the moment.....

 As soon I have sorted things out more will come...


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 05:20 PM

In  2005 the museum depot was opened for one weekend. some photo's. 

 

More to come

 

 

 

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:39 PM

COOL! :)



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 07:26 PM

Some more from 2005

 

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 07:42 PM

COOL! :)

Why take the time to type it out? The expression still applies. :lol:


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:05 PM

In 2006 the museum opened an other part of their storage facility for a few days.

 

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Off all the jets, only the RF-84F & F-84 are surviving.

The RF-84F is still in the museum depot and the F-84 is restored and preserved at Volkel AB.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:55 PM

Here are some photo's of the inside of the old Military Aviation Museum. It was a very dark place, with little reasonable photo oportunities.. But a great collection...

 

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