21 April 2013
by Mala Raman
The ‘Militaire Luchtvaart Museum’ is the official museum of the Dutch Royal Air Force. It shows the history of the Dutch Royal Air Force, the Naval Aviation and the Dutch-Indies Air Force.
Our small but enthusiastic group met outside the museum in kid’s playground. The kids didn’t need an invitation to jump on the wooden helicopter sturdy enough to handle 10 kids hanging on and out every which way to “fly” it in the cold, blue skies. After a quick lunch, we headed straight into
our tour of the facilities.
The first building was the ‘Snijdershal’ that took us back in time. Photographs, film, uniforms and, of course, the aircraft that were instrumental during the wartime efforts between 1913 and 1950.
Then it was off to the ‘Vreeburghal’ where the kids (and adults) could see the fighters, helicopters and training aircrafts from the Royal Air Force and the Naval Aviation from 1950 to the present.
It was open cockpit day so the kids were able to sit in the cockpits of a helicopter and an F-16!
In the Flying Center is much to discover about the phenomenon of flying. Here the kids got a lesson on the “lift” needed to keep a plane in the air, were able to navigate a glider in front of a big screen and fly on a helicopter sea rescue mission.
At the end of the day, the kids had a great time learning about the Dutch Air Force in such an experiential way (and I think the adults picked up a few things along the way, too!).