February 4, 2023
Three long-time aircraft-spotters from the Netherlands show you a selection of pictures out of their personal collections. Especially featured is the memorable Republic (R) F-84F Thunderstreak / Thunderflash fighter bomber and recce aircraft.
In 1970 Hans and Frank made a trip to the U.K. albeit separately and visited several USAFE air bases and took a lot of pictures , most of them “near the landing lights”.
The pictures in this gallery are just a selection and some of them were certainly not easy to take!
March 12, 2015
A little info on this particular A/C.
611 was, during the Cuban missile crisis, converted to an EC-118B by installing a planeload of ECM electronic consoles and enough new external antennas to make it look like a porcupine.
Its home base was VR-1 at NAS PATUXENT RIVER, MD.
I flew in it many times, but never as the blockade config. That was left up to my good friend Hank Fenzau, the flight engineer and crew chief.
I recall that southern Maryland received a two day snow fall of around 26 inches and it was then that I recall 611 returned to PAXRIVER for a spell. Upon landing rollout 611 skidded and hit a pile of plowed snow and sheared off its nose gear.
I don’t recall if that ended 611’s flying days or it was repaired……sorry.
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Best Hit Weapons Meet 1972, Larissa, Greece
F-84F of the Greek/Hellenic Air Force
Tactical Weapons Meet 1976, Twente AB
Hahn Air Base (Germany) Armed Forces Day 1971
Helicopter Rescue Meet 1972, Lee-on-Solent (UK)
Spotting at Soesterberg Air Base (NL)
Royal Air Force Wildenrath (G) Airshow, June 15th, 1969
Cambrai Air Base (F) ,Portes Ouvertes, September 19, 1971
Wildenrath (Germany) Open House & Air Show 1968
AIRCRAFT WRECKS & RELICS (pictured 1960 – 2010)
Tactical Weapons Meet 1974, Baden-Söllingen (Canadian Forces Germany)
Ramstein AB (G) USAFE Armed Forces Day 1971
Aircraft-Carrier Visit USS Nimitz, August 16 – 17, 1976
Thunderstreaks of the KLu (out of service)
Tactical Weapons Meet 1968, Jever (Germany)
KLu: Lockheed T-33
Best Hit Weapons Meet 1973, Istrana, Italy.
Base Visit Hahn Air Base (G), September 1978
Tactical Weapons Meet, September 1972, Florennes (Belgium)
Thunderstreaks of the K.Lu (in active service)
December 26, 2022
RF-84Fs of the Belgian Air Force
October 26, 2022
AEROSEUM, Goteborg (Sweden) September 2022
October 25, 2022
October 1, 2022
RF-84Fs of Greece (Hellenic Air Force)
January 27, 2022
December 3, 2021
October 9, 2021
December 2, 2020
Thunderstreaks of the French Air Force
November 7, 2020
Eindhoven (NL) , July 1993 (Arrivals for Open Days)
November 6, 2020
Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service
July 20, 2020
Belgian Thunderstreaks: Aircraft w.f.u.
July 10, 2020
July 1, 2020
June 30, 2020
Kleine Brogel Spottersday 2022
June 29, 2020
F-100 Super Sabre of the National Military Museum (NL)
March 20, 2020
RF-84Fs of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
February 10, 2020
Volkel AB (NL), August 31st ,2000 (Arrivals for Open Days)
January 19, 2020
Naval Air Station Valkenburg , NL , June 6th , 1992(departures Open Day)
January 18, 2020
Florennes Airshow (Belgium), September 1992
January 17, 2020
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