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Posts By Frank & Gijs & Hans

USAF/ANG Thunderflashes

November 14, 2019 |

53-7636 is pole mounted at Hattiesburg Airport, Mississippi in November 2013 (FK)The USAF of course used the Thunderflash in largest numbers : after all it was an American design !  The last U.S . RF-84F Thunderflash flew with 173rd TRS of the Nebraska ANG;  this unit converted to the RF-4C  Phantom in 1972.

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Thunderstreaks of the K.Lu (in active service)

October 30, 2019 |

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. Read More

RF-84Fs of the Italian Air Force

October 18, 2019 |

The Italian Thunderflashes were based at Villafranca, in northern Italy. The 78 Italian aircraft started entering AMI service in 1956,  equipping the 3rd Aerobrigata (Wing), replacing RF-84G Thunderjets. The 3rd Wing made a conversion to the RF-104G Starfighter in 1970.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

October 14, 2019 |

We have seen the Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force very frequently, both in operational conditions , in storage and/or as museum-pieces.  This post deals with pictures of Thunderstreaks  in Belgian Air Force service, while they still were operational.

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USAF/ANG Thunderstreaks

October 14, 2019 |

The United States of America had large numbers of  Thunderstreaks in its USAF and ANG service; numerous Tactical Fighter Wings (mainly U.S. based, but also in Europe) were equipped with this aircraft.

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Thunderstreaks of the French Air Force

October 13, 2019 |

The Armée de l’Air received  circa 125 Thunderstreaks.

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RF-84Fs of Greece (Hellenic Air Force)

July 27, 2019 |

Greece started receiving their first Thunderflashes in 1957, when 348 squadron (Mira) was formed at Larissa. The initial batch was augmented in 1964 by a number of ex Netherlands and German Air Force examples. In Greece the Thunderflashes were replaced by RF-4C Phantoms.

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RF-84Fs of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu)

May 21, 2019 |

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No 306 Sqn KLu received its first RF 84 Thunderflash at RAF Laarbruch on 4 April 1956. The squadron was posted to Laarbruch from 8 Nov 1954 till 15 Jan 1958 when they moved to Deelen.

In their early days they wore a silver livery with the 306 squadron-code (TP-) on the nose; in later years they were camouflaged and subsequently their P- registration was added.

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KLu: Lockheed T-33

May 4, 2019 |

As a two-seat jet trainer the Lockheed T-33 – commonly known as ” T-Bird” – was developed from the F-80 Shooting Star jet fighter during the Fifties. Read More

F-84F of the Greek/Hellenic Air Force

April 9, 2019 |

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.

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