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Thunderstreaks.com | July 26, 2017

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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

VOLKEL 2009 Air Force Days

December 7, 2016 |

The 2009 Open Days of the KLu were in June. Read More

Leeuwarden Base Visit , October 21st , 1987

November 2, 2016 |

On October 21st , 1987 Hans took part in an excursion to  Air Base Leeuwarden , organized by KNVOL.

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Gilze-Rijen AB Open Day (NL), July 2002

October 22, 2016 |

On 5 and 6 July 2002 Gilze-Rijen AB was open to the public; it was a standard static- and airshow without special surprises. Below are some photos Frank took during the event:

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Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016

October 15, 2016 |

In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:

“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”

In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:

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