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DE VLIJT AIRPORT

Texel has had its own airport since 1937. It was built thanks to KLM, which felt our island would be a fine extension of its domestic aviation network. De Vlijt, as it was called at that time, was immediately quite popular. It hosted several daily flights between Schiphol and Texel in the summer, taking around half an hour. Those who could afford it saved considerably on their travel time.

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WOODEN TERMINAL BUILDING

De Vlijt Airport was an almost square terrain of some 600 by 600 metres. It featured a wooden terminal building, where passengers could enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting. Part of De Vlijt acquired a different purpose just before the Second World War, with the military Aviation Department based there.

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1940

In May of 1940 as many aircraft as possible were parked away from the airport, to protect them from enemy fire. But the measure met with little success, and after capitulation the occupying forces commandeered De Vlijt.

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LARGE-SCALE MODEL

Fighter planes were stationed there in 1941, as the airfield acquired paved runways. But when the Germans were forced onto the defensive they disabled the airfield to prevent the Allies landing there. After liberation it was not until 1953 that De Vlijt had recovered sufficiently to be put back into operation.

Texel’s Aviation and War Museum features a large-scale model of De Vlijt, showing the situation just before the Second World War. The history of the airfield is also illustrated through photographs, scale models and a variety of objects.

THEMES IN OUR MUSEUM

AVIATION & WAR MUSEUM TEXEL

Postweg 126
1795 JS
De Cocksdorp (Texel)
Tel: 0222-311689

OPENING HOURS 2022

From Monday 4 April to Sunday 30 October daily from 10 am to 5 pm

  • Tickets are available at the counter, reservation is not necessary
  • Adults € 6.50
  • Children from 6 to 12 years € 4.50
  • Surcharge for 3D audio tour bunker De Vlijt € 3.50

3D AUDIO TOUR BUNKER DE VLIJT

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
  • Only in combination with a simultaneous museum visit
  • Duration maximum 1.5 hours including the walk there and back
  • Arrive well in advance for explanations, and capacity is limited

Together with an employee of the museum you walk to the bunker opposite the museum. In the bunker you will be taken into the conversations that took place there during the 2 most crucial days of the Georgian Uprising. In a timeline, Jetty Bakker also tells her memories of the war on Texel and about her work for the Georgians. You will receive an explanatory handout in advance with a description of the dire circumstances in which the Georgian soldiers found themselves during those days. The 3D audio tour can be done in both Dutch and German.

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