Dutch Wildcats Celebration

by Carlo KUIT & Paul KIEVIT/ Bronco Aviation

Date: Issue 111 - December 2021

It has been 25 years since the first of the 17 brand-new AS-532 Aérospatiale Cougars of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) landed for the first time at Soesterberg Air Base, home base for the 300th Squadron at that time. The initial contract was signed on the 23rd of October 1993. The first ‘Cougar’ was delivered on the 3rd of May 1996 and all 17 deliveries were completed in the subsequent two years. Currently, the 300th Squadron operates out of Gilze-Rijen Air Base as part of the RNLAF Defense Helicopter Command (DHC), established in 2008. 

‘In Mobilitate Vis Nostra’