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

RF-84Fs of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu)
  • On October 24, 2012
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RF-84F Thunderflash P-4 of KLU 306 sqn (photo coll. FK).

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.

The Netherlands received 24 aircraft, delivered between November 1955 and January 1958. The first 18 were coded TP-1 to TP-18, the others were coded with the P- registration right after their arrival.rf

All Thunderflashes were operated by nr. 306 recce squadron. The aircraft were phased out in 1963, with the arrival of the RF-104G; the surviving Dutch Thunderflashes were transferred to Greece and Turkey where they were kept in operational service till 1971. One of them was returned from Greece to Holland in 1988 and is now in the Soesterberg museum, repainted as TP-19.

You may find more info about the Dutch Thunderflash¬†on Ton Smilde’s great website on nr. 306 squadron.

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