In the almost 100 years of existence of Soesterberg Air Base, thousands of missions were flown from and to this air base. This website provides insight into a large part of these flight movements from 1951 to 2008.

Soesterberg Air Base was the cradle of military aviation in the Netherlands. In 1913, the Aviation Department of the Dutch army made its first flights from what was then still a moorland. During the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe occupied the field and during the Cold War a US Air Force squadron was stationed at the base to protect Dutch airspace against intruders. Due to defense cuts, the base was closed and defunct in November 2008.

Soesterberg Air Base was an important part of the military history of the Netherlands. We believe it is important for historical awareness that information about flight movements is preserved. You can request information about this in various ways via the search engine.

We realize that this site is not complete. If you have additions in the form of movements or corrections, please let us know. You can submit your information via info@reccereports.com.

Many thanks to Hans Ragay!
The website soesterbergmovements.reccereports.com is a continuation of the website sberg-movements.nl, which was managed by Hans Ragay. The website contained the movements of aircraft and helicopters at Soesterberg Air Base from the 1950s to the 1980s. The idea to bring these movements together arose during a reunion in 1994 of Soesterberg spotters who were active near the fence of the airbase in the 1960s. The spotters’ individual observations were also linked to as many photos as possible. Hans Ragay has managed the website for many years and has continued to expand the website. Because Hans wants to focus on other projects, he asked the gentlemen of Recce Reports if they would like to continue the website. And yes, they do want that: this part of the history of Soesterberg Air Base must be preserved for posterity. Our thanks go to Hans Ragay for his tireless efforts to keep the website up and running in recent years and to further expand it.

The former website sberg-movements.nl

Latest updates

12-04-2024 Added 58 photos from 1978 to the database
11-04-2024 Added 25 photos from 1977 to the database
09-04-2024 Added 33 photos from 1976 to the database
07-04-2024 Added 19 photos from 1975 to the database
05-04-2024 On 28 January 1960 two RF-84Fs collided at Soesterberg AB
05-04-2024 Added 31 photos from 1974 to the database
03-04-2024 Added 29 photos from 1973 to the database
03-04-2024 Photos of the F-15C 79-0024 were added
03-04-2024 Read more about ‘Jeugdluchtvaartdagen’ on 31 March and 1 April 1959
03-04-2024 Added 84 photos from 1972 to the database
02-04-2024 Added 118 photos from 1971 to the database
27-03-2024 Photos of the F-15C 79-0023 are added
27-03-2024 Added 122 photos from 1970 to the database
24-03-2024 A Hawker Hunter crashed in the garden of a house near Soesterberg AB
24-03-2024 Added 120 photos from 1969 to the database
22-03-2024 F-15C 79-0022 photos were added
18-03-2024 On 2 January 1959 a Dutch F-86K crashed on a coal storage in Huis ter Heide
18-03-2024 Added 302 photos from 1968 to the database
18-03-2024 F-15C 79-0021 photos were added
17-03-2024 Database search results are now sorted in Date, Air Force, Type, Registration order.
15-03-2024 Two accidents on 15 December 1958
14-03-2024 Added 130 photos from 1967 to the database
13-03-2024 Added 75 photos from 1966 to the database
12-03-2024 Added photos from the F-15 79-0020
10-03-2024 Added a page about an landing accident with a Dutch F-86K
10-03-2024 Added over 100 photos from 1965 to the database
04-03-2024 Added photos from 1964 to the database
04-03-2024 Added photos from the F-15 79-0019
02-03-2024 Added photos from the F-15 79-0018
27-02-2024 Added a page about the crash of a T-33 of the 32nd on 27 September 1958
26-02-2024 Added photos to the Movements database
20-02-2024 The page about the 1958 airshow was added
20-02-2024 Added some photos to the Movements database
19-02-2024 Added photos for the F-15 79-0017
14-02-2024 Info about another Hunter which was damaged during take-off on 23 May 1958
13-02-2024 Added info about an accident with a Hawker Hunter on 9 may 1958
13-02-2024 Photos were added to the F-15 79-0016
12-02-2024 The website is online.