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THE TEAM

Meet the members of our team

Hans

Spokesperson

After school I joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force as a conscripted soldier. During my enlistment I was infected with the virus called flying and during my 10 years at the air force I flew the Fokker S-11, Fouga Magister. T-Bird, NF-5 and the Starfighter. When I left the air force I started flying as a commercial pilot for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. 

In 2007 I retired, but I’m still in the possession of a current pilot license. Right now I’m a spokesperson for the Historische Vliegtuigen Volkel (HVV).   

Jeroen

Military POC

I’m a B.1.1 F-16 specialist at 900 Squadron, Volkel Air Base. As an active duty service member I’m assigned as the military point of contact (POC) for the HVV.

Ilona

Webmaster

I’ve got a background in public affairs and have worked for the Royal Netherlands Air Force as an intern and as a interim public affairs officer.

At the HVV I’m the webmaster for the Historical Fighters website and an advisor on social media.

Theo

I work at the Royal Netherlands Air Force 312 squadron as a crewchief/mechanic and I’m a longtime aviation enthusiast.

I am one of the mechanics at the HVV team as well as one of the photographers.

Piet

After a 35 year long career as an avionics technician and instructor with the Royal Netherlands Air Force I became an attendant for the Historical Room Typhoon in 2001.

In 2004, together with Bas Leusink, I started the Starfighter Rescue Team, which later would be named Historische Vliegtuigen Volkel (HVV).

Nowadays I’m a B2 (avionics) technician, specialist painting and stencilling, and manager for technical publications for the HVV.

Joost

I’m an active duty member of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and have worked at 900 Squadron Base maintenance F-16 as B1.1 with Certification Authorisation and Supporting staff priveleges (excluding electrical systems). Currently I’m a Junior Instructor at “opleidingsdock” Volkel and in possession of a Military Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

At the HVV I’m made responsible, together with Bas, for the maintenance program of the D-8114.

Ferry

I joined the HVV during my internship at Volkel Air Base as a B.1.1 mechanic student, back in 2008. At the HVV I’m an allround aircraft mechanic and photographer.

Besides my work as a volunteer at the HVV I work at a pharmaceutical company in Oss as an engineer.

Frans

I’m a retired Royal Netherlands Air Force airman and have worked at the 311 Squadron at Volkel Air Base. During my time as an active duty member (in which I was also known as “The Gambler”) I’ve worked on the F-104G and the F-16. First in maintenance, later as a crew chief and flight chief, and finally I became a hangar chief until my retirement in 2000.

In 2016 I visited the HVV and it instantly brought back that feeling everyone who’s been in the air force and around fighter jets knows too well. So I didn’t hesitate and joined the HVV.

Djamilla

I joined the HVV back in 2015 during my internship as a graphic designer (with the 900 Squadron ‘Painters Shop’ at Volkel Airbase).

At the HVV I make different designs for promotional materials. I’m also a general volunteer and I have the privilege to get taught by professionals about the aircraft.

Martien

In 1967 I enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Air Force as a technician on the F-84F Thunderstreak for the A4 Gun Sight. During my military career I’ve worked on the F-104G Starfighter and was an F-16 electrical power and instruments specialist, made the transition to F-16 flight simulator engineer in 1990 and became a Technical Advisor F-16 Avionics in 2000. After 39 years active duty I retired in 2006.

After several years as a liaison for the Historical Room Typhoon at Volkel Air Base, I became an attendant in 2006 after my retirement. And in 2005 I joined the HVV as a B2 (Avionics) volunteer.

Jeffrey

I’m an avionics (B2) technician, working with the 900 Squadron to maintain the RNLAF F-16’s at Volkel Air Base.

I joined the HVV after my internship at Volkel Air Base, being highly interested in the F-104 Starfighter project and the avionic technology involved with this aircraft.

My work concludes the repair of damaged aircraft wiring, repairing off-equipment avionics and fixing all kinds of avionics related shortcomings found during the restoration of this amazing aircraft.

Theo

I got to know the Starfighter when I started my hobby as an aviation enthusiast in 1968 and expanded my acquaintance during my time in military service at the 306 photo reconnaissance squadron.

I’ve been working in a photography store for 35 years. So I can truly say that photography has become a part of me. Some time ago, I “retired” and now have plenty of time for our grandchildren, gardening, photography, and aviation.

I expect to make myself useful at the Historische Vliegtuigen Volkel by photographing all the spare parts in storage. Beside that task, I offer support and assistance to the other activities and – of course – the Orpheus working group.

André

During my time as a development engineer at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Depot during the ‘80s, the features and beauty of the LN-3 Inertial Navigation System of the Starfighter were inspiring me to bring this system back to life. Now, being part of the HVV, we have the pleasure of owning a live LN-3 system, on display.

With a background in electronics my daytime job is now confined to airborne Electronic Warfare systems for the Defense Material Organisation, and during HVV moments dedicated to F-104G avionics.

Ruud

I joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1966 and retired in 2002. During my time in the Air Force, I have been working 13 years as an Avionics Specialist for the F-104G Starfighter at Volkel Air base. Beside that  I have been working as  a Business Expert and was stationed at several locations within the Air Force.

After  retiring I was a volunteer in the Royal Netherlands Walking Association. In July 2017 I met a former colleague during the Nijmegen Vierdaagse who told me that a team of former colleagues are performing the restauration of an F-104G Starfighter. That triggered me and I went to Volkel Air Base to see what is going on there. No doubt, I’ve joined the HVV-team right away.

Jan

As a former graduate in Aeronautical Engineering of the NL Royal Military Academy, I have been an officer of the RNLAF for 17 years. My last posting before I resigned my commission was Deputy Chief of Maintenance at Volkel Air Base from 1983 – 1986. Since then I worked until 2005 as Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance (with aviation regulations) at an overhaul shop for turboprop engines.
After early retirement in 2005, I ran my own (and successful) small business as a consultant QA and regulatory compliance, until 2015.

As a member of the HVV team, I’m an advisor for regulatory (QA and Military Aviation Authority) issues. I’m also holder of an IRCA-certificate ISO9000-2000 Series QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor. On a ‘hobby level’ I published four books full of aviation anecdotes.

Willem

I joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1978 and have been working as a Specialist VO / Specialist Aircraft Maintenance F-104 until 1984. In 1984 I was retrained to Specialist VO  / Specialist Aircraft Maintenance F-16. From 1985 to 1998 I’ve been working at the X-Service. After this, I was employed at 311 Squadron as a Crew Chief, Flight Chief and Line Chief until 2012.
When the 311 Squadron ceased to exist on September 29, 2012, I left the Air Force.

Joep

Joep is not only our senior employee but also our walking encyclopedia;
Ask him anything about the 104 and he gives the correct answer.
Moreover, he points out in the aircraft where what is supposed to be and how it works.
Joep mainly works in the field of electrical engineering

Lejan

Since 1980 I am an aviation enthusiast and an F-104 fan. Unlike my colleagues, I have no military background.
I support the Historische Vliegtuigen Volkel with the ground equipment and related matters.
With more than 30 years of experience with metal constructions I try to make myself useful in maintenance, repair and new constructions.

Ben

I am a mechanic, metal worker and welder.
During my military service I was employed as a driver at 311 Squadron. I drove the pilots to their plane and controlled the tractor that towed F-16s and ground equipment.
I provide support to the HVV with maintenance and repair of ground equipment and making new constructions.