National Military Museum ,Soesterberg (NL)... September 5, 2018 | Hans & Frank
AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 2011-today, excl. USA)... August 26, 2018 | Frank
Keiheuvel Air Shows (B) , 1968 – 1972 August 19, 2018 | Hans & Frank
KLu : Fokker S-11 Instructor July 5, 2018 | Hans
THUNDERSTREAKS of the K.Lu/ Royal Netherlands Air Force (in active service)... July 4, 2018 | Hans & Frank
YUGOSLAV AVIATION MUSEUM, April 2018 June 18, 2018 | Frank
Wiesbaden (G) USAFE Armed Forces Day , May 18th , 1969... May 22, 2018 | Hans
1970 Tiger Meet, Kleine Brogel (B) May 2, 2018 | Frank
F-84F of the Greek/Hellenic Air Force April 20, 2018 | Hans & 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 is divided in a number of sub-chapters (“categories“) in which we give more detailed information. Each category holds in its turn a number of galleries.
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/official photo 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 categories/eras holding respective galleries.
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 category “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 categories and several galeries. One focuses on us as aircraft spotters (positioning ourselves on close-look near fences and runways outside the airfields) being not certain if there would be any flying-activities and the other one is an aircraft-spotters category with galeries consisting of pictures taken by us during special events , for example arrivals and departures for Open Days , squadron rotations and exercises , being certain that there would be enough aircraft to see flying in and out. The latter category is under long-term construction.
KLu aircraft is an album under long-term construction; in 5 categories 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 (KLu).. 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. So in this case , unlike our spotting-activties , we visited the air base itself with permissions granted.
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Hans Engels / Frank Klaassen
BEST HIT was a NATO competition in which the air forces of Italy, Greece and Turkey took part ( together with a joint “guest-team” assembled from USAFE´s 401 Tactical Fighter Wing ,Torrejon, Spain and U.S. Navy squadrons VA-15 and VA-87 , while on deployment to the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt in the Mediterranean Sea)
After having visited the Armed Forces Day at Rhein-Main Air Base , Germany on May 17th , 1969 (see elsewhere on the site) , Hans (and friends) left the base in the late afternoon to spend a little while aircraft-spotting “outside the gates and fences“.
On July 5th , 1968 Hans went to Royal Air Force Station Wildenrath , a few miles across the Dutch-German border . He positioned himself near the landing-approach lights and awaited the aircraft and helicopters that were to arrive to attend the two Open Days that were planned there on the next two days.