Soesterberg: Air Base

Vliegbasis Soesterberg, Camp New Amsterdam

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CoordinatesN520738 E0051633 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 66 ft
Location indicatorEHSB
Map with location of Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands
The history of the Cold War airfields: Soesterberg

During World War II


Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands, on a map 1943
Soesterberg Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1943
Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA

During the Cold War


Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht, KLu) base. Also used by the US Air Force (USAF).

In the 1950s


Soesterberg airfield, airways and restricted areas on a map 1956
Soesterberg airfield and surrounding airways and restricted areas on a map 1956


Red identification beacon with ident "SB"

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 339.0 "PES", 056°/1.3 NM to field



Radio communication

  • Homer 117.9, 305.4, 362.3
  • Approach 117.9, 305.4, 362.3
  • Tower 117.9, 118.1, 121.5, 257.8

In the 1960s


Soesterberg runways and taxiways on a map 1960
Runways and taxiways on a map from 1960
Source: DoD

In the 1970s


Soesterberg Air Base (Camp New Amsterdam), Netherlands, on a map 1972
Soesterberg Air Base (Camp New Amsterdam) on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Soesterberg barracks and training grounds, Netherlands, on a US satellite image 1977
Soesterberg with air base, barracks and training grounds on a US satellite image from 29 August 1977
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Data for the year 1990:
  • 13/31: 2094 m x 50 m Asphalt
  • 09/27: 2132 m x 45 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • TACAN: CH105 "SSB"


Soesterberg control tower, F-15 Eagle of the 32nd TFS USAF
Royal Netherlands Air Force air traffic controllers man the control tower. The viewing direction is north-northwest. - On the left handwritten sign, "BRANDWEER" is written, on the right "BIRDS ...". In the middle below you can see a scheme of the runways and taxiways of Soesterberg (white lines, red arrows, black background). In the background is an F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron US Air Force, stationed here.
Source: US DoD, Scene Camera Operator: TSGT John L. Marine (1980)
Base chapel Soesterberg
Members of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron use the base chapel for shelter during a simulated air and gas attack.
Source: US DoD, Scene Camera Operator: MAJ Steven Kleid (1980)
HQ 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron USAF, Camp New Amsterdam
Headquarters of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
Source: US DoD (1982)






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