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.
|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.
After their operational service about 30 Streaks were temporarily used as eye-catchers (“decoys”) at air-bases of the KLu: about 4 aircraft were present at each airfield. They were removed and scrapped in 1980. A few Dutch F-84F’s still survive today as gate-guards, monuments ,instructional airframes or museum aircraft. In this gallery you will find a selection of the pictures we took between 1970 and today. Note that most aircraft depicted here are not present anymore at the locations as mentioned.
Three models of the Super Cub were delivered to the Dutch Army: 59 L-18Cs (registered R-30 up to R-88), 18 L-21As (R-201 up to R-217 ; + 1 extra, broken up ) and 78 L-21B models (registered R-101 up-to R-186 ; R-141 to R-148 not included)
In the old days NATO organized several exercises; TWM (Tactical Weapons Meet) was a competition between 2ATAF and 4ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force). In 1972 it was held for the 10th time and participants at Florennes in Belgium were Canadian AF Starfighters (Judge Team), Belgian AF Starfighters) (2nd Wing , Florennes), French AF Mirages (Guest Team, Esc.11/3, Nancy-Ochey) ,W.German AF Starfighters (JBG31, Nörvenich and JBG33, Büchel), R.Neth.AF(311/312 sq., Volkel, Starfighters), Royal Air Force Germany (14/17/31 sq.,Brüggen with Phantoms) and USAF in Europe ( 36TFW, Bitburg and 81TFW, Bentwaters, Phantoms).
In 2013 Volkel Air Base was the location where the Open Days , organized by the Royal Netherlands Air Force took place , celebrating 100 years of military aviation in the Netherlands and 60 years of K.Lu.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated 100 years of military aviation in the Netherlands & 60 years of K.Lu. with two Open Days, 14&15 June; this event was featuring a lot of warbirds and a fair number of them are depicted in this report.