On Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 10.07 a.m. Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, member of the House of Orange, signed her abdication declaration and at the same moment her eldest son became King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands. As a tribute to the House of Orange I will post images of aircraft with various amounts of orange in their livery.
On the left is North American AT-16-ND Harvard IIB c/n 14A-1444 PH-MLM with its former Royal Netherlands Air Force livery and former military registration B-71 at Gilze-Rijen Airbase (EHGR) in The Netherlands on 5 July 2011. The aircraft was built in 1943 in Canada by Noorduyn Aviation, the company of former Dutchman Bob Noorduyn. The aircraft is operated by the Royal Dutch Air Force Historic Flight foundation (in Dutch: Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht or SKHV). Of the more than 20.000 Harvards built the Netherlands received 220. Building this Harvard was appropriated by US congress in 1943, hence the US fiscal year number 43-13145 on the tail. Harvard c/n 14A-1467 PH-IIB ("RNLAF B-118") stands next to B-71.
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