The last Fokkers: Fokker 50 U-05 at EHLE 07102012
Fokker 50-120 c/n 20253 with tailnumber U-05 and name "Fons Aler" of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 7 October 2012, after its very last flight in the colors of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) from its homebase Eindhoven airport (EHEH) on 5 September 2012. Two days later it was followed by sistership U-06. Both aircraft will receive the livery of their new, as yet undisclosed, owner by well-known aircraft painter QAPS (Quality Aircraft Painting Services). The aircraft was delivered to the Dutch air force on 1st December 1996 and, as we now know, was the very last Fokker to enter service of the RNLAF. The September flights tot Lelystad meant the end of 96 years of almost continuous service of Fokker aircraft with the Dutch armed forces, with the exception of 10 nyears during and directly after WWII. It all started with the seizure of an undamaged German Fokker M.8, which landed in the Netherlands on 8 September 1916 and started its service life with the aviation department of the Dutch army on 21 September 1916.
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