Rheine-Hopsten Open Day, June 1977 February 27, 2017 | Frank
KLu : Lockheed T-33 January 29, 2017 | Hans
VOLKEL 2009 Air Force Days December 7, 2016 | Frank
Leeuwarden Base Visit , October 21st , 1987... November 2, 2016 | Hans
Gilze-Rijen AB Open Day (NL), July 2002 October 22, 2016 | Frank
Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016... October 15, 2016 | Hans & Frank
THUNDERSTREAKS of the KLu/Netherlands Air Force (in active service)... September 20, 2016 | Hans & Frank
KLu : FOKKER F-27 September 4, 2016 | Hans & Frank
Parc Aeronautique, Albert (F) May 2016 August 18, 2016 | Frank
Thunderstreaks.com is divided into 7 different chapters or “albums” (they are displayed on the big black bar above the pictures on this homepage). Each album holds a number of sub-chapters (“galleries’) in which we give more detailed information.
In the F-84F album we present a number of galleries, each one dealing with a NATO user of the Thunderstreak. Focus is on the Dutch Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)/Royal Netherlands Air Force; we offer a gallery on the Streak while it was in active service and a second one that holds pictures of unactive airframes. Same goes for Belgian Air Force Thunderstreaks. The USAF/ANG, Italy, Turkey, France, Germany and Greece are covered as well.
A second album is about the RF-84F Thunderflash, the reconnaissance variant of the Thunderstreak. This aircraft served with many NATO air forces and we try to cover all of these with pictures out of our own slide/negative collections; each air force has its own gallery.
The third album is dedicated to pictorial reviews of AIRSHOWS that we both or one of us visited in the mid- and late Sixties as well as in more recent years. We have split the Airshows-album in three galleries/eras.
A seperate album is on PRESERVED AIRCRAFT: preserved in museums all over Europe, the USA and the rest of the world, but we also present a gallery on “exhibits“: airframes used in traveling exhibitions, roadshows and whatsoever. Also included in this album Preserved Aircraft is “Wrecks & Relics“: monuments, gate-guards and so on. And the fourth is the gallery “Warbirds“, dealing with civil registered aircraft painted as military aircraft (what in most cases they once were).
The fifth album is called SPOTTING and holds two galleries. One focuses on us as aircraft spotters (positioning ourselves on close-look near fences and runways). The other one deals with the activities we undertook in trying to collect as many negatives/slides as possible by swopping our material with colleague-spotters from all over the world (mainly by mail); basically this is the only gallery in which we showcase pictures that were not taken by one of us – the respective negatives/slides are part of our collections though.
KLu aircraft is an album under construction; in 5 galleries we will deal with the different types of aircraft that we have seen during or after the time while they were in service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. One of the intended five galleries (Light Aircraft) is ready, the other 4 await completion.
The album BASE VISITS holds reports of visits that we made to various active air bases during normal operational flying days and NATO exercises , either one or both of us being present as photo-taking reporters.
For more (background)information on us and our website simply click the “introduction“-button on the top right side of this homepage.
Enjoy! Please note that our site is updated with new material at least once a month; the most recent update is shown in the left-upper tile on this homepage.
Hans Engels / Frank Klaassen
In Darwin, in the north of Australia, is the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre: a collection of pristine and well restored airframes, that reflect the history of the RAAF. Parked outside are a number of cannibalized civil airframes. Frank visited te museum whilst traveling through Australia in April 2016.