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RF-84Fs of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe)

February 10, 2020 |

The German Thunderflashes were phased out in the years 1965-1966 in favour of the RF-104G Starfighter. Two squadrons (Geschwader) flew the RF-84F: AKG-51 at Ingolstadt (recognizable by squadron-code EA) and AKG-52 (EB) at Erding and later Eggebeck. Luftwaffe squadron-codes BD was used for aircraft assigned to WS-50, the training unit at Furstenfeldbruck.

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RF-84Fs of the Belgian Air Force

January 6, 2020 |

 

The Thunderflash was the very successful reconnaissance version of the Thunderstreak; within NATO it a.o. saw service with the  the Belgian Air Force (BAF).

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RF-84Fs of the Danish Air Force

December 17, 2019 |

Denmark had one squadron of Thunderflashes that were phased out in 1971 in favour of the recce version of the Saab Draken. Initially 729 squadron at Karup received 10 Thunderflashes, but in 1963 they received 7 (ex Air National Guard) more as attrition replacements.

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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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KLu: F-16B

September 19, 2019 |

The initial Dutch order for F-16A/B aircraft was for 102 examples (80 single-seat F-16A’s and 22 two-seat F-16B’s), which were to be assembled at Fokker. This line first opened up for business in April of 1978, and was the second … Read More