Agusta-Bell 204B UH-1 Dutch Navy "227" 15062013
Agusta-Bell 204B) UH-1 c/n 3035 with the appropriate civil registration PH-UEY in the historic colour scheme and Navy registration 227 it had when it served with the Dutch Naval Air Service (in Dutch: Marine Luchtvaart Dienst or MLD) at the static of the Open Days of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Volkel Airbase (EHVK) in The Netherlands on 15 June 2013. This Huey started its service life with the Dutch Navy on 19 July 1963 and was phased out on 29 September 1977. In May 1978 all phased out Dutch Hueys were sold to Sky Controls in the US, which was unable to market them because of their Italian engines. Some were donated to a Swedish museum. The 220 and 225 were brought back to the Netherlands to serve as gatekeeper at De Kooy naval air base (EHDK) and as an exhibit at the Dutch Military Aviation Museum at Soesterberg respectively. 227 was bought by the son of a former Dutch Navy pilot who had actually flown 227 in active service. It entered the Duch civil register on 7 January 2008 . It is being restored to airworthiness condition by the Classic Air Force in The Netherlands. The Dutch Naval Air Service was disbanded in July 2008 at a time when only helicopters served with the MLD. The aircraft with the smoke trail in the background is one of the Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France.
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