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Apache demo team back with a vengeance

28th May 2010 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache Solo Display Team has returned to airshows at home and abroad.

Domestically, the team can be seen during the defence open days in the coming weeks.

Commander Gen. Raymond Laporte and co-pilot Captain Roland Blankespoor fly the Apache attack helicopter during the display. The team also includes two coaches and a technical crew. The two demonstration pilots and coaches (including pilots) come under the 299 Training Squadron. The technical specialists are assigned to 301 Squadron.

The demonstration provides a good overview of the capabilities of this type of helicopter and its crew. The team is mainly used for recruitment purposes.

The team last displayed in the Netherlands at the Gilze-Rijen Open Day in 2005.

The team returns to the base this year, when the show takes place on 18 and 19 June at Gilze-Rijen Air Base, home of the team.

The team is already in action next weekend at the Army Day in Havelte.

Source: Royal Netherlands Air Force

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