Because the annual Spottersday at Gilze-Rijen was cancelled the Gilze-Rijen Aviation Society (G.R.A.S.) thought it would be a good idea to organise a basevisit to the Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht. This is the Historical Flight of the Royal Netherlands Air Force although the Air Force does not contribute financially but provide the space in the southwest corner of Gilze-Rijen Air Base. There it was where I had to parc my car. Alone with me was my son Niek who just loves those old warhorses. Another thirty or so spotters turned up and the weather was just great.

We were greeted by a few volunteers of the Historical Flight in their Officers mess with their controltower situated in it ! The group was split into two and under the guidance of one of the members of the Flight, who was a photographer himself, we were released into the hangars and alongside the taxiway. They had a nice surprise in store for us as they were able to put the two Hunters of the Dutch Hawker Hunter Society on display. These two very nice planes were temporarily based at Gilze due to runway maintenance at their homebase Leeuwarden. Furthermore a handfull of other planes took to the sky like a Harvard, S-11 and a few Piper Cubs.

After photographing all the aircraft out- and inside we were asked if we wanted to go to the runway as the B-25 Mitchell was about to go take-off. The Mitchell was flying for a Swedish filmcrew who was shooting a film about the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during the World War II. The aircraft of the Historical Flight actually participated in more movies like 'A Bridge too far', 'Soldaat van Oranje', 'de Aanslag' and 'Zwartboek'. The Mitchell did a few low passes and touch and goes in front of the filmcrew. Around five o'clock we were ordered to go back to our cars thus ending a great day.

I like to thank the Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht, Gilze Rijen Aviation Society, Panoravia and Jeroen for his hospitality.