The quiet village of Soesterberg used to be a thriving airfoce airbase. These days the airstrip is only used as a shortcut for cyclists. The planes have all gone to the lovely airforce musem (motto: where time flies) on the other side of town.
A while ago, I found myself in the Air Force museum of Soesterberg. Located in the quiet woods south of Amersfoort, this provides a wonderful day trip, even for a pacifist like me.
The museum has a large collection of old military airplanes. Anyone who had any love for machinery cannot help to enjoy these shiny wonders. There’s fighter jets, helicopters, obscure airport-related machinery, even some hot air balloon stuff …
There’s also interesting historical exhibits detailing the military flight history of the Netherlands, which is more interesting than I had imagined! I never knew that during World War I, the Dutch confiscated every foreign airplane – British, German, French, whatever – that crashed or landed on our (neutral) territory. All the planes were returned to the original owners after the war, but in the meantime the Dutch had studied those machines thoroughly, thus gaining airplane knowledge for free.
Of course, for me as a photography lover, the best item in the museum was a huge camera for aerial photography. They even had a picture of a first world war photography lab.
My nephews loved the place as well: they got to see cool airplanes, play in different types of flight simulators, and do flight-related science experiments. The whole family agreed that this was the most enjoyable airport we’ve ever been.