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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

July 20, 2020 |

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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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Aircraft w.f.u.

July 10, 2020 |

DSCN1573Many 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 Note that withdrawn a/c may not be present anymore at the given locations.

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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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Arriving Aircraft for Belgian Air Shows Bierset 1969 and Beauvechain 1970 & 1992 (NEW!)

October 20, 2019 |

This gallery shows a selection of pictures of aircraft arriving for three memorable , historic International Air Shows in Belgium : (1) Bierset June 20th ,1969 (pictures 1 – 5 ) , (2) Beauvechain June 26th ,1970 (pictures 6 – … Read More

Aircraft types spotted in Belgium

October 19, 2019 |

Photography in Belgium near military airfields and outside the gates and fences was not allowed for decades. The pictures in this gallery represent a selection , taken by the authors in Belgium as aircraft-spotters from 1967 to 1971 (pictures numbered 38-47 , 59-74 and possibly also 7 and 29)

 

Moreover some pictures of Belgian Air Force aircraft are included – kindly supplied by Gijs and belonging to his collection  – taken at unknown dates and locations  (unless mentioned ) in Belgium or elsewhere within air base enclosures during military base visits or military open days (pictures numbered 2 -8 ; 10-22 ; 24-37)

 

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Wrecks&Relics (2011-today)

October 17, 2019 |

This gallery features pictures of aircraft that have been disposed of or preserved in one way or another; the airframes depicted here (gate-guards, monuments, eye-catchers, etc.) are photographed in the years 2011 onward. Airframes pictured in earlier years are in a separate gallery. Note that some of the aircraft portrayed here are no longer present at the given location.

W&R portrayed in the USA are dealt with in a separate gallery (also in this album “Preserved Aircraft”).

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Kleine Brogel (Belgium) Open Day, June 28th, 1986

June 23, 2019 |

It was a very hot summer day when Kleine Brogel AB , Belgium , was open to the public on June 28th , 1986 ; this gallery shows some of the pictures made by Hans and Frank .

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1970 Tiger Meet, Kleine Brogel (B)

May 2, 2018 |

In July 1970 no. 31 squadron of the Belgian Air Force hosted the annual NATO Tiger Meet.

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BASE VISIT Goetsenhoven (B), April 1977

December 12, 2017 |

n April 1977 Frank was allowed to visit the Elementary Flying School of the Belgian Air Force, based at Goetsenhove/Gossoncourt. Read More

Base visit Bierset (B), May 1970

June 29, 2017 |

In May 1970 Frank was allowed to visit the Belgian Air Force base of Bierset, at that time home of no. 42 recce squadron (flying the RF-84F Thunderflash) and of the T-33A equipped VZZ Flight.

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