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Deelen Air Base


Deelen Air Base is a former military air base in the Netherlands in the province of Gelderland. It has one runway, though the top layer of the runway surface has been removed, making it unsuitable for use by heavier aircraft. It is now a forward operating base and helicopter trainer site.

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Deelen Air Base was founded in 1913 as a base for border patrol missions. When the Netherlands surrendered to Germany in World War II, the Luftwaffe started using the field, significantly expanding and upgrading the base. The Focke-Wulf Fw 190, Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Junkers Ju 88 were operated from the airfield, and anti-aircraft guns were placed. In 1944, the airfield got bombed extensively by allied forces and flying activity from the base was suspended by the Germans.

After the war, up until 1950, the Dutch military used Deelen as a storage facility. In 1950, the decision was made to restore Deelen back to an operational air base, and from 1957 to 1963 was the base of the RF-84F Thunderflash photo reconnaissance. Between 1964 and 1995 the field was used by various lighter aircraft, such as the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, Piper Cub, Hiller Raven, Aérospatiale Alouette II / Alouette III and Bölkow 105.

There was less need for the air base after the end of the cold war and in 1995 it was closed as such. However, it remained in use a forward operating base and is in use for helicopter training and for that reason is frequently visited by various military helicopters, such as the AH-64 Apache, CH-47 Chinook and AS 532 Cougar. None of these helicopters are based at Deelen however and for that reason the base is only fully operational when exercises take place. There is also glider activity on the field and very nearby there is a second aerodrome used almost exclusively by gliders, Terlet Airfield.


Gelderland is a province of the Netherlands, located in the central eastern part of the country. The capital city is Arnhem. The two other major cities, Nijmegen and Apeldoorn have more inhabitants. Other major regional centers in Gelderland are Wageningen, Ede, Zutphen, Doetinchem, Harderwijk, Epe, Wijchen and Tiel.

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Deelen Air Base
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Dutch Air Force
Location Arnhem
Elevation AMSL 158 ft / 48 m
Coordinates 52°03′33″N 005°52′38″E
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 7,874 2,400 Concrete/Asphalt

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