THE TEAM

The Apache Solo Display Team together with the F-16 demo team are the 2 official demo teams of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The teams are being used to promote the RNLAF on national and international airshows to show the motto of the RNLAF: One team one mission and to show its AIRPOWER.

Because of operational deployments the team did not perform any shows between 2005-2009 and 2012. Following 2010, 2011 and 2013 the team will fly again demonstrations in 2014.

For the 2014 season the team consist out of 2 pilots, 3 coaches and 6 technicians. The 2014 team consist of personel from the 301 "Redskins" squadron as well as from the 299 squadron. The 299 squadron being the training and expertise squadron of the Defense Helicopter Command. All technicians are from the 301 squadron.

The HAWK with tailnumber Q-17 is the dedicated Apache of the team for 2014

 

THE PILOTS 

This years pilot in command and team captain of the Apache Solo Display Team is Major Roland "Wally" Blankenspoor. The first officer is Major Harm "Kaas" Cazemier. 2014 will be the second year that they will fly the shows together. Wally is also an instructor pilot and Kaas is an test pilot they are among the top helicopter pilots of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The Air Show  consists out of "non-standard" manouvers and that's why the show is only flown by test- or instructor pilots.

THE COACHES 

This year's coaches are Captain Ferry "Edit" Rietveld, Captain Boudewijn "Stance" Stevens and Captain Ruben "Snek"  Wesseling. "Edit" works as an instructor pilot at the 299 squadron. "Stance"  and "Snek" both work for the 301 "Redskin"  Squadron. The coaches make sure that the team and its shows are flown safe and all shows are well organized. They also provide the pilots with feedback about the maneuvers flown.

THE TECHNICIANS

The technical team consists out of 6 persons who make sure the aircraft is in perfect condition for each airshow. They are also responsible for loading the flares which are used during the show. The team is capable to perform all the maintenance needed at the shows. The technical team consists out of: SM Erwin Veenstra, SM Dennis "Poemba" Jorritsma, SM Peter Klootwijk, SM Omid Idora, Sgt 1 Joey "The Joker" Boertjes and Sgt 1 Rik Kuijpers.