Volkel Air Base

Volkel Air Base is one of the 2 Dutch F-16 air bases. The other is Leeuwarden Air Base. The most important tasks of Volkel Air Base are air support and air defence. 

Defending Dutch airspace

The F-16s at Volkel Air Base defend Dutch and NATO airspace. The F-16s intercept aircraft that do not identify themselves, for example. There are 2 F-16s on stand-by 24/7 for this so-called Quick Reaction Alert. 

Training for missions

From Volkel, F-16s train for worldwide missions. F-16 pilots train for attacking ground targets and providing air defence. 

Photographic reconnaissance

Aerial photos may contain important information for the Defence organisation. The centre of expertise for photographic reconnaissance in the Netherlands is located at Volkel Air Base.