From 21 until 24 August 2019 we will commemorate, remember and celebrate our freedom in a spectacular way.

We will do this by organising multiple activities on the ground and, as major highlight, our Wings of Freedom Airshow on the 24th of August. On this day we will create a temporary airfield, just like it was done in 1944.

A start and landing strip, air traffic control tower and multiple encampments supported by infantry and material. However, this is not all. An open-air cinema, lectures and decoration of international encampments are amongst things, what you can expect to find.

It goes without mentioning, that this event will be spectacular.

Wednesday 21st of August

12 PM - 5 PM
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) open for public

Join us for the re-enactment camps on the event grounds. They will bring you back in time. Alliance and German encampments have been rebuilt and there will also be Tank track. On Wednesday the first airplanes will also be arriving at the airstrip.
For Children there will be numerous things to do. They can learn all about WWII and about flying. Hans Nordsiek will take the children, together with his Boeing Stearman, on a journey to the world of flying.

8 PM - 12.45 AM
UNIQUE film evening – A Bridge To Far 
Advanced landing ground is open to public. 
Start of the movie is at 9 PM.

Within the confinements of WWII airstrip you will bear witness to a unique spectacle: an open air cinema with re-enactment. A Bridge To Far will be the plaid on the big white screen under (hopefully) starry sky.

Thursday 22nd of August

9AM - 5PM 
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) open for public

Join us for the re-enactment camps on the event grounds. They will bring you back in time. Alliance and German encampments have been rebuilt and there will also be Tank track. On Wednesday the first airplanes will also be arriving at the airstrip.
For Children there will be numerous things to do. They can learn all about WWII and about flying. Hans Nordsiek will take the children, together with his Boeing Stearman, on a journey to the world of flying. "Hoogvliegers" foundation is also present. This foundation allows chronically ill and disabled children to be pilots for 1 day and provides them with an unforgettable experience.

You can also take a look at the multiple professional flight simulator of the F-104 and F-16.
Our partners, Museum Deelen, Edese Luchtvaart Club, Vereniging Onze Luchtmacht, Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart, Stichting Historische vliegtuigen Volkel and Stichting Vroege Vogels will also be active on the airstrip this day.

8PM - 12AM
UNIQUE Film evening - Memphis Belle
Advanced landing ground is open to public. 
Start of the movie is at 9 PM.

Within the confinements of WWII airstrip you will bear witness to a unique spectacle: an open air cinema with re-enactment.


Friday 23th of August 

9AM – 5PM
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) open for public

Join us for the re-enactment camps on the event grounds. They will bring you back in time. Alliance and German encampments have been rebuilt and there will also be Tank track. On Wednesday the first airplanes will also be arriving at the airstrip.
For Children there will be numerous things to do. They can learn all about WWII and about flying. Hans Nordsiek will take the children, together with his Boeing Stearman, on a journey to the world of flying

You can also take a look at the multiple professional flight simulator of the F-104 and F-16.
Our partners, Museum Deelen, Edese Luchtvaart Club, Vereniging Onze Luchtmacht, Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart, Stichting Historische vliegtuigen Volkel and Stichting Vroege Vogels will also be active on the airstrip this day.

On Friday all airshow participants will arrive on our temporary Airstrip (ALG).
In the afternoon from 1PM there will be a practice moment for the pilots and their airplanes so you will be able to enjoy some of the demonstrations ahead of time! 


Saturday 24th of August

8AM – 5PM
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) open for public

Join us for the re-enactment camps on the event grounds. They will bring you back in time. Alliance and German encampments have been rebuilt and there will also be Tank track. On Wednesday the first airplanes will also be arriving at the airstrip.
For Children there will be numerous things to do. They can learn all about WWII and about flying. You can also take a look at the multiple professional flight simulator of the F-104 and F-16.
Our partners, Museum Deelen, Edese Luchtvaart Club, Vereniging Onze Luchtmacht, Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart, Stichting Historische vliegtuigen Volkel and Stichting Vroege Vogels will also be active on the airstrip this day.

In the morning the extraordinary WWII model planes of the Edese Luchtvaart Club will be showcased on the ground and will also take off later during the day.

Program (subject to change)

During the airshow you will be able to see Boeing B17, Spitfire’s from the UK, Hawker Hurricane, Westland Lysander, Fokker Four, Dutch Rush Aerobatics, B25 Mitchell and many others.

Payment methods on the airfield
Payments can be made with your own debit- or credit card. Everything you would buy at the stalls on the event grounds you can pay by PIN.  We do advise you to bring some cash as some vendors might not accept cards.

Water taps on the airfield

Even though August is officially a summer month, it can still either rain or become a tropical 30 degrees with pale blue skies. In order to protect you from dehydration on sunny days we will make sure sufficient water taps will be placed on the event grounds. These will allow you to tap water free of charge. 

N.B. The organisation reserves the right to alter or cancel parts of the program.

 

Ticket sales

During the airshow on the 24th of August we expect around 30.000 visitors and you can be a part of this!
The pre-sale for the tickets will start on the 1st of June and will only be available through this website.

Location and parking

The heart of our event will take place around the N224/De Kade in Ede. Just like the previous edition we advise to use the bicycle to reach our event or the special busses. As soon as the parking areas are known, we will post it here.

Aircraft Information

We have confirmed participation of a variety of rare, authentic military aircraft that flew in Gelderland during WW2. The beautiful Spitfire, P-51 Mustang, the aircraft that won the battle of Britain, the legendary Hurricane, a Boeing B-17 flying fortress, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and a C-47. 


As you can see we are taking extraordinary steps to ensure Wings of Freedom will be an unforgettable event. Unforgettable, just as we may never, ever, forget those who gave their tomorrow for our today.

History

On the 6th June 1944 Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord; the long awaited invasion to free the countries of Europe from German occupation. Three months after the success of Overlord, from September the 17th to the 25th, Field Marshal Montgomery initiated the largest Airborne Assault in the history of warfare. Codename: Operation Market Garden.

Circumnavigating the Siegfried Line, Operation Market Garden was to establish the northern end of a pincher attack on the German industry in the Ruhr. Bridgeheads across the Meuse, Waal and the Lower Rhine were to be taken by Airborne Assault. Delays in securing other bridges at Son en Breugel and Nijmegen delayed the reinforcements, allowing the rallying German units time to counter attack and retake the critical last bridge of Arnhem. Market Garden had failed in its ultimate intention of ending the War before Christmas 1944.

75 years ago in Gelderland, a large number of temporary airfields and other infrastructure and logistical locations where established in support of the allied troops advance.

When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.