"Step into the world of Fokker and friends" Soesterberg by Pavlik_NL

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Soesterberg, the National Airforce Museum

Flying. It must have been men's dream for many millenia and in our time it starts to become quite normal. The Netherlands were quite fast there to set up a defensive airforce as well as a military connection with the former colonial parts of our kingdom (especially Indonesia). In civil flying our country was the first to start a airliner (KLM).

Anthony Fokker, a pioneer in the air

The Netherlands also delivered one of the most famous pioneers in airplanes: Anthony Fokker. He was a master in building aircraft. In the first worldwar he found his financial benefits in the German airforce (The Netherlands were neutral and were therefor not interesting for development). After the war he returned to The Netherlands where until recently Fokkers were built. Sadly enough Fokker could not compete with giants like Boeing and so deminished into a supplying company for airplanes as well as spaceships (which shows there is still quite some technological engineering power.

MLM in Soesterberg

In the small village of Soesterberg, there is a large museum. It's shortly called the MLM: "Militair Luchtvaart Museum" or Military Airforce Museum. For fans of the flying machines in both defensive as offensive ways, this is surely worth a visit. Many will have several "ooh's and aah's" to make here as the museum is filled with "the real things".

  • Intro Written Oct 19, 2003
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