Operational Sites and Bases

Air Bases

Primary Air Base

Zulu Hangar Vliegbasis Soesterberg

Zulu Hangar Vliegbasis Soesterberg

Full name of site:

Zulu Hangar Vliegbasis Soesterberg. Quick Reaction Alert Hangar Soesterberg AFB

Location:

Batenburgweg 7, 3769 CB Soesterberg, Holland

Operational period:

1954

to

1994

Primary user:

USAF

Description:

The hangar was originally built as a double hangaar in 1954. After a fire in 1966 only the current building remains. It has been used to permanently station 2 USAF fighter planes (32 Tactical Fighter Squadron) at a high state of readiness to be scrambled in case a Soviet airplane entered NATO airspace.

Ownership:

Ministry of Defense

Valuation of authenticity and integrity:

After the departure of the USAF in 1994, the building has been repurposed by the Netherlands Ministry of Defense and has even been threatened by demolition. However, due to its historic value in the context of the Cold War it has been listed for protection by the municipality of Zeist.

Status and access:

Access: none