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Thunderstreaks.com | November 24, 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 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

Spotting at Leeuwarden (NL)

July 22, 2017 |

For the first time Hans visited Leeuwarden AB (NL) as an aircraft-spotter in August 1967. In later years he came back several times. Needless to say it never was easy to picture aircraft in their landing-pattern and otherwise !

 

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Base visit Bierset (B), May 1970

June 29, 2017 |

In May 1970 Frank was allowed to visit the Belgian Air Force base of Bierset, at that time home of no. 42 recce squadron (flying the RF-84F Thunderflash) and of the T-33A equipped VZZ Flight.

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Base Visit Eindhoven , September 24th , 1966 (Super Sabres USAFE)

June 29, 2017 |

In the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September 1966 four North American F-100 Super Sabres of the 48th TFW, USAFE from Lakenheath, U.K. visited Eindhoven AB ; a few Eindhoven-aircraft spotters (Hans was one of them) managed to … Read More

Aircraft-Carrier Visit USS Nimitz, August 16 – 17, 1976

June 28, 2017 |

In August 1976 Hans had the opportunity to pay a two-day visit to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ during its first deployment to the Mediterranean. Departing from NAS Sigonella Sicily on the 16th he made the flight to the aircraft-carrier in Grumman Greyhound 148148 (only some Super 8 movie images available ) and landed on the ship , which was – as you can imagine – a unique experience , never to forget (!) .The return flight to Sigonella  was made in Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight 151934 on the following day.giving an excellent view while flying low over the sea and the island of Sicily Read More