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A quarterly spotters magazine published by the Spotting Group Volkel (SGV). SGV was founded in 1985 as an association under Dutch law for aircraft spotters, focusing on military aviation. SGV has become one of the largest aviation enthusiasts groups in the Netherlands with almost 400 members. SGV publishes a magazine, called AIM. It is published four times a year, and each issue has between 70 and 90 pages.
The magazine is in the Dutch language, and the editorial team tries to produce an article for each of the following sections: Volkel movements (Wat hebben we gemist in..) – Volkel movements of the last three months, Past times (Vervlogen Volkel tijden) – Volkel movements of the past, Aircraft recognition (Typeherkenning) – A detailed look at a specific aircraft type and all its versions, Airfield directions (Follow Me) – A detailed guide to the air bases in a specific country, Technology (Technische Dienst) – A look at the technology of military aviation, Badges and units (ID) – The badges and markings of a specific air arm, Funny stories (Spot er maar mee) – Some humorous and less humorous spotters’ stories, Trip reports (Globetrotters) – Extensive reports of spotting trips all over the world, SGV visits (Roadrunners) – Reports of group visits organised by Spotting Group Volkel, Various (Varia) – Articles of a highly varied nature.

Further information: Spotting Group Volkel, PO Box 77, 5408 ZH Volkel, The Netherlands. website: SGV


Country Profile

The Country


The Netherlands is located on the western edge of the North European Plain, at the delta of five major rivers. Forty per cent of the country is below sea level and another third is less than 1 m (3 ft) above sea level. The coastal area is protected by a network of dunes, dikes and canals to prevent flooding. The total land area is 33,920 sq km (13,097 sq miles).

The country is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. The population of 15.7 million (2000 figure) is 96% Dutch, with 1% Moroccan, 1% Turkish and 2% other ethnic groups. Approximately one third of the population is Roman Catholic, one third Protestant and one third other faiths. The capital city is Amsterdam, but the government operates from The Hague (‘s-Gravenhage).

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Overseas Territories

Netherlands East Indies:
The Republic of Indonesia was formerly a Dutch colony. It gained formal independence in 1949, although some territories where handed over later. Historical details can be found on wikipedia.

Netherlands Antilles:
The Netherlands Antilles comprise two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea, including Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba. For more information, see wikipedia.

Suriname in South America was a Dutch colony until independence in 1975.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Dutch History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Netherlands
Yahoo Netherlands page
wikipedia: Netherlands
wikipedia: History of the Netherlands


Text to be added on the development of aviation in the Netherlands.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Civil aircraft in the Netherlands and NEI used the registration sequence H-NAAA onwards 1919-1929. From 1929 the sequence PH-AAA onwards was used at home, PJ-AAA onwards in the Netherlands Antilles and PK-AAA onwards in the NEI. Gliders registrations use numbers instead of letters.

All-time Netherlands – civil aircraft register (H-Naa PH-aaa) [TO BE ADDED].
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Konninklijke Luchtmacht – KLu)
Naval Aviation (Marine Luchvaartdienst – MLD)

Historical military air arms-
Army Aviation (Luchtvaart Afdeling – LVA) [1914-1940]
NEI Aviation (Aviation Department of the Dutch East Indies Army – ML-KNIL) [1914-1941]

Central Government Agencies

Aviation Authority (Rijksluchtvaartdienst)
Coast Guard (Kustwacht)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (ANWB Medical Air Assistance)
Police Aviation (Politie)

Commercial Aviation

KNILM (1928-1947)
Martinair Holland
Schreiner Airways

wikipedia: Airlines of Netherlands
The World’s Airlines: Netherlands

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

De Schelde

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Schiphol International Airport
other regional airports
Airports in Netherlands

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Militaire Luchtvaart Museum
Vliegend Museum Seppe

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for the Netherlands

Aviation Bibliography

Netherlands Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Dutch Aviation Page

National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)

Dutch Historic Aviation Sites

World War II Allied Aircraft Crashes in The Netherlands

Netherlands Key Dates

55 BC    Region conquered by the Romans under Julius Caesar.
1st C. AD    Local Batavi and Frisian tribes become allies of Rome.
5th C. AD    Frankish tribes move into the southern Netherlands.
c.800 AD    Pagan Frisians converted to Christianity under the Frankish king Charlemagne.
9th C. AD    Start of major Viking raids on coastal areas.
10th C. AD    City states develop to counter Viking raids.
1384    Duke of Burgundy gains control of the region.
May 1477    Control of the region passes by marriage to the Hapsburg family, who rule the Holy Roman Empire from Austria.
1555    Hapsburg king passes control of the region to his son, the King of Spain.
1550s    Calvinist faith becomes popular in the Netherlands region.
1568    Revolt against Spanish Catholic rule breaks out in the Netherlands.
1574    Spanish forces driven out of the Low Countries.
1578    Spain begins recapture of southern provinces and re-establishes Catholicism.
1579    Union of Utrecht creates confederation of the northern provinces – ‘United Provinces’, while southern provinces become the Spanish Netherlands.
26 July 1581    United Provinces declare independence from Spain.
1594    Last Spanish garrisons driven out.
1595    First Dutch voyages to the Fare East.
1602    Dutch East India Company formed to exploit Netherlands East Indies (NEI).
1626    Nieuw Amsterdam (New York) founded.
1652    Settlement established on Cape of Good Hope (South Africa).
1648    Treaty of Westphalia – Spain formally recognises Dutch independence but retains southern provinces (modern Belgium).
1688    Dutch head of state, William III of Orange, becomes king of England.
April 1713    Treaty of Utrecht – Spanish Netherlands ceded to Austria.
1795    Revolutionary France invades and occupies Netherlands – Batavian Republic established.
1806    Kingdom of Holland established by Emperor Napoleon.
1810    Netherlands annexed by French Empire.
1813    Dutch forces expel the French occupiers.
1815    Congress of Vienna creates ‘United Kingdom of the Netherlands’ as buffer state against France.
1830    Catholic southern provinces of United Kingdom of the Netherlands secede to become Belgium.
1839    Luxembourg becomes independent from United Kingdom of the Netherlands – leaving just the Dutch provinces.
1848    New constitution with parliamentary accountability.
1914    Netherlands neutral in First World War.
September 1939    Netherlands declares neutrality in Second World War.
10 May 1940    Germany invades and occupies the Netherlands.
January 1942    Japan invades and occupies the NEI.
September 1944    First area of Netherlands liberated.
1944-1945    Bitter fighting blocks food supplies – Winter of Starvation.
8 May 1945    German occupying force formally surrenders.
1945    Founder member of United Nations.
July 1947    US aid under Marshall Plan begins to fund national reconstruction.
1948    Benelux Customs Union established with Belgium and Luxembourg.
1949    Most of NEI becomes independent Republic of Indonesia.
1949    Netherlands becomes founder member of NATO.
1957    Founder member of EEC.
1963    Dutch (western) New Guinea handed over to Indonesia.
25 November 1975    Suriname becomes fully independent.
1991    Dutch forces participate in the First Gulf War.
July 1995    Dutch peacekeepers in Bosnia fail to prevent Srebrenica Massacre.
March 1999    Dutch air units participate in Kosovo War.
January 2002    Netherlands introduces the euro as it’s currency.
October 2001    Netherlands supports NATO forces in the invasion of Afghanistan.
August 2006    Further Dutch forces arrive in Afghanistan to support ISAF mission.

Netherlands National History

Neutral in First World War. Invaded by Germany 10 May 1940 and surrended 5 days later. Occupied until spring 1945. Winter of 1944 many die in food shortage – relieved by Allied food drops . 1947 sought to regain far eastern colony of Indonesia, but forced to cede independence in 1949. Founder member of NATO on 4 April 1949. Joined European Community in 1957? Granted independence to Surinam in 1975. Netherlands Antilles remain as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Participated in NATO Deny Flight/Determined Force operation 1995 and Deliberate Force operation in 1999.