RF-84Fs of the Italian Air Force October 18, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service... October 14, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
USAF/ANG Thunderstreaks October 14, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
Thunderstreaks of the French Air Force October 13, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
Wrecks&Relics (2011-today) September 15, 2019 | Frank
RF-84Fs of Greece (Hellenic Air Force) July 27, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
Thunderstreaks of the K.Lu (in active service)... July 3, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
RF-84Fs of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu)... May 21, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
KLu: Lockheed T-33 May 4, 2019 | Frank & Gijs & Hans
Our website is dedicated to what we refer to as our “Golden Years of Spotting”: the period between 1960 and 1980, when lots of time, effort and money was spent to see as many military aircraft as possible. Our main station at the time was Eindhoven, an airbase of the Royal Netherlands Air Force that hosted a number of Thunderstreak – and later of NF-5 squadrons. No need to say that it was the Thunderstreak that inspired us to give the chosen name to this site.
Thunderstreaks.com is divided into 7 different chapters or “albums”. 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.
the F-84F album we present a number of galleries, each dealing with the various users of this airplane.
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.
For more (background)information on us and our website simply click the “introduction“-button on the top right side of this homepage; this page also holds a short instruction on how to navigate this site.
Enjoy! Please note that we try to update our site with new material regularly. The most recent update is shown in the left-upper tile on this homepage.
Hans Engels / Frank Klaassen / Gijs Hiltermann
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)
This gallery deals with the Thunderstreaks that once flew with the Greek Air Force. Most pictures were taken when Frank and Hans were invited to visit the Greek AFB Larissa to report on the Best Hit Meet in 1972: after a lot of asking we were allowed to picture some operational aircraft of 344 squadron that were based here at Larissa.
The 1976 TWM (Tactical Weapons Meet) was the 12th edition of central Europe’s tactical attack competion. It was was held at Twente AB (NL) from 28 April till 15 May , visited by Frank on the 7th and by Hans on the 10th of May. TWM was a contest between teams of 2ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force) and 4ATAF. The team from 2ATAF consisted of NF-5As of 316 squadron KLu of Gilze-Rijen AB, Mirages of 1 sqn BAFBierset, Starfighters of 1/31 JaBo Luftwaffe from Nörvenich and Phantoms of 31 sqn RAFG. 4ATAF consisted of 1/32 JaBo Luftwaffe, 1 CAG Canada, 22TFS/36TFW USAF and 23TFS/52TFW USAF from Spangdahlem (flying F-4D’s ). The French AF had sent a guest team, 3/13 Escadre from Colmar, equipped with Mirage 5Fs.The chase planes were NF-5Bs of Twente.