The SKHV fleet is comprised of a large number of historical military propeller-driven aircraft, including some on loan from the RNLAF and the Military Aviation Museum. The photographs on this website provide an impression of our ‘flying museum’.
The SKHV is a ‘flying museum’ with all the characteristics of a full-fledged aviation enterprise. The Technical and Operations Departments of the SKHV meet all the requirements made by the NL Civil Aviation Agency with regard to the operation of historical aircraft.
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For foundatiosns such as the KLuHV sponsorship is indispensable. We like to come in contact with companies who want to support our work through a sponsorship deal. In consultationIt may be decided what you will get in return within the scheme of Historic aviation. If you are interested?
The SKHV is an organisation run by volunteers which could well use your support. By becoming a Flying Partner you can help us maintain our flying museum.
The Flying Partner Programme costs 75,- euros per person per calendar year. Your initial membership will extend over a period of at least two calendar years.
The SKHV has contributed to the making of several feature films, such as A Bridge Too Far, Soldaat van Oranje, De Aanslag, the musical Joe and the film Zwartboek directed by Paul Verhoeven. Various SKHV aircraft and participants appear in these films. The SKHV is also a regular participant in air shows in the Netherlands and abroad.
The Spitfire and the Mitchell but also various other types of aircraft are shown.
All activities including controlling the Foundation are carried out on a voluntary basis, without financial compensation. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, there is plenty of work. Depending on you commitment it is possible to fly along on rotation in our vintage aircraft. Do you want to be part of a wonderful volunteer organization and if you are committed to the above objective, then you are invited to respond to our current vacancies.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight Foundation, in Dutch 'Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht' (SKHV), was first started in 1969 as an aero club (Stichting Vliegsport Gilze-Rijen) by a group of former Air Force and Navy fighter pilots. The commander of the Gilze-Rijen Air Base at that time supported the renovation of a small hangar in which a Harvard and a Piper Super Cub were restored. The initial aim of this aero club was to provide private pilots with the possibility of advanced flying training. In the following years several historical aircraft were added to the fleet after having been carefully restored to an airworthy condition. From 1976 onwards the club has dedicated itself to the restoration and the maintenance of propeller-driven aircraft formerly used by the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Navy.
In 1998 the Stichting Vliegsport Gilze-Rijen and the Dutch Spitfire Flight merged to form the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight (SKHV) thereby bringing the only airworthy Dutch Spitfire and a Beaver into the collection. On September 24th 2004, during the 35th anniversary, the merge of the Duke of Brabant Air Force (DBAF) and the SKHV was announced. Since then the DBAF flag-ship, the B-25 Mitchell, has been part of the SKHV fleet.
During the past few decades the SKHV has grown into a leading aircraft museum with a unique collection of airworthy historical military propeller-driven aircraft. The professional and enthusiastic contributions of the many volunteers and the co-operation with the RNLAF ((Royal Netherlands Air Force) is the sound basis of its existence.