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THUNDERSTREAKS of the KLu/Netherlands Air Force (in active service)

September 20, 2016 |

In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 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

National Military Museum ,Soesterberg (NL)

January 11, 2016 |

In 2008 Soesterberg Air Base , the Netherlands  was closed for operational flying activities.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

June 4, 2015 |

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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F-84Fs of the Italian Air Force

June 2, 2015 |

In ITALY the Thunderstreaks equipped 8 air force squadrons: 5th at Rimini, 6th at Ghedi, 8th at Cervia, 36th at Goia del Colle, 50th at Piacenza and the 51st at Istrana. Some Streaks were kept in service till 1972 when the 50th squadron at Piacenza was re-equipped with the F-104S Starfighter.

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THUNDERSTREAKS of the Netherlands Air Force (out of service)

May 30, 2015 |

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.

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F-84F of the Greek/Hellenic Air Force

May 28, 2015 |

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 345 squadron that were based here at Larissa.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Aircraft Out of Service

May 26, 2015 |

Many Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force ended their service lives at the aircraft-depot at Koksijde AB. Most of them were scrapped but some survived: at first as eye-catchers (“decoys”) – sometimes disguised as Mirages ! – and later in museums or as monuments. This gallery gives an overview on the faiths of various Belgian Thunderstreaks. Note that withdrawn a/c may not be present anymore at the given locations.

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USAF/ANG Thunderstreaks

November 12, 2014 |

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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Museo dell Aviazione, June 2014

November 8, 2014 |

In June 2014 Frank visited the Museo dell Aviazione in Italy.

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Kleine Brogel (B) Open Day / Tiger Meet, June 1978

March 12, 2014 |

The 1978 Tiger Meet was held at Kleine Brogel AB (Belgium) from 19-26 June. Participating were the air arms of 10 different countries including Norway, Greece and Portugal. On 23 June KB was open to the public and on Saturday 24 June the 31 squadron ‘Tiger’ area was open to the public. Both Frank and Hans visited the event.

 

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