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Nationaal Militair Museum, Soest, Netherlands


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Photo dump from a day out while on holiday

Fokker lurking in the dark

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Aviation hall proper starts with a Farman

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Fokker D-VII

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Tiggy

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Big ol’ Dornier

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‘stang

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and another angle as they’re pretty

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Koolhoven FK-51 (new one on me)

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ooh, lots of things in one shot

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Super Sabre is prettier in the flesh than I gave it credit for

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RR Merlin and a couple of Derwents

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Meteor

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Start of the fighter chase along the ceiling

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and how it continues

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And from the front

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The individual elements

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F-15

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and 16

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Formation flight of a Sea Fury and Sea Hawk

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Dakota

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They even had a couple of those whirring mechanical abomination contraptions

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Other exhibits

Before and after target

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(light weathering)

an actual target

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From outside

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V-1 

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V-2 

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Hawks and Nikes

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and a slew of other exhibits, uniforms, arms and armour but if you want pictures of that then that’ll be a future visit

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34 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

Wow looks great there may have to go 

Very much to recommend it. Bus from Amersfoort Centraal train is quick and cheap but I’d suggest borrowing a bike as there is still a lot of base infrastructure to see that is too far to reasonably cover on foot. 

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13 hours ago, Jens H. Brandal said:

Thanks for the pics.  The triple missile battery is HAWK, not Nike.  The large white missile is a Nike Hercules.

Thanks for the catch, I thought both were part of the Nike series

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14 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

Oh that looks cool :thumbsup:, and it just so happens I will be in Holland in a couple of months so I shall be visiting there :) 

Other museums to consider nearby - The Cavalry museum is a few km away just on the outskirts of Amerfoort itself and has a decent tank collection as well. Also the nearby former concentration camp is preserved

There is a decent model shop in town as well, from outside it seems small and dedicated to railways but it extends back and upstairs with a surprising amount of stock crammed in

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19 hours ago, Mad Steve said:

Cool, thanks😬 

That just 40ks from where my daughter now lives so Kuuuuuuwell :thumbsup:

If you have time there are also a number of bunkers, munition bunkers, command and hardened aircraft shelters around. For the HASs and Command it is easier to do as a walk in the nature park from the train station at Den Dolder (5 minutes direct from Amersfoort)

Munition park

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Den Dolder HASs

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Command bunker

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What an excellent museum and your photos are superb,.... thanks for sharing them. I do like building Dutch model subjects and there is lots of inspiration there to build some more!

I visited the old Aviodome at Schipol back in the day and would like to take in the more recent Aviodrome too. ... maybe an idea for a summer road trip,... with a trip to Arnhem too?   

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On 16/07/2022 at 00:34, Tony said:

I visited the old Aviodome at Schipol back in the day and would like to take in the more recent Aviodrome too. ... maybe an idea for a summer road trip,... with a trip to Arnhem too?   

Maybe on another visit when it is a bit cooler

Arnhem is a good shout as well, another place I spent a lot of time working in and never had time to visit any of the museums

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Great pics - looks like a good museum too. Pencilled in for when the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry gets its erse in gear (been promised reinstatement for 5 years now), that drive down the length of England's finest traffic jams becomes less inviting the older I get!

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On 22/07/2022 at 07:16, Lost Cosmonauts said:

Arnhem is a good shout as well

Yes, definitely recommended, the Airborne Museum near the bridge and, especially, the Hartenstein Museum.  But I must have a trip to Soerst sometime.

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