1970 Tiger Meet, Kleine Brogel (B) April 13, 2018 | Frank
Best Hit Weapons Meet 1972, Larissa, Greece... March 26, 2018 | Hans & Frank
Aircraft-Spotting Frankfurt-Rhein Main AB (G) , May 17th , 1969... March 13, 2018 | Hans
Spotting Elsewhere February 28, 2018 | Hans & Frank
RAF Wildenrath (G) , July 5th , 1968 (arrivals for 50 Years R.A.F. Open Days)... January 13, 2018 | Hans
OMAN Armed Forces Museum, Muscat November 2017... December 14, 2017 | Frank
AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 2011-today, excl. USA)... December 3, 2017 | Frank
Spotting at Volkel (NL) , September 15th , 1988 ( 35 years 306 squadron , K.Lu.)... November 10, 2017 | Hans
Spotting at Leeuwarden (NL) (Frisian Flag 4-4-2017)... November 3, 2017 | Hans
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.
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 once a month. The most recent update is shown in the left-upper tile on this homepage.
Hans Engels / Frank Klaassen
In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks, registered P-101 to P-277 and P-298 to P-300. The majority of the Streaks depicted in this album are selected out of the range P-157 to P-300, being the last of the type in operational service, flying with both 314 and 315 squadrons from Eindhoven AB. The Streak entered service in 1955 and the last ones were phased out in 1970. Last departures to other air forces (see below) took place in 1971.
Eindhoven was the city where the authors both grew up and became “real” aircraft-spotters at the nearby air base. They made many pictures there throughout the years often under difficult circumstances ! This gallery contains a selection of these “blood, sweat and tears”-pics taken at Eindhoven (NL). The Eindhoven based Thunderstreaks are not in this gallery, but all in one seperate album. Note that in the 60/70ties Eindhoven AB also had a Base-Flight with Lockheed T-33’s,Harvards etc. You will find some pictures of these aircraft in this gallery.
A few images taken in more recent years are incorporated as well. Eindhoven now houses the transport fleet of the RNethAF (pics are in gallery named “KLu aircraft”).