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.
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”).
In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:
“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”
In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:
The Internationales Luftfahrt Museum (International Aviation Museum) is in Villingen-Schwenningen, a twin-city in the south of Germany, near Stuttgart.
On a very hot day in June 1969 the Wildenrath Airshow took place; Wildenrath was at the time one of the four RAF-Germany airbases. It was an excellent opportunity for young spotters,such as Hans and Frank , to enlarge their collection!
For a one-day excursion Hans made a flight in Fokker F-28 PH-MAT from Schiphol to Hahn Air Base in Germany on September 18th , 1978 . This base was the home of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing , USAFE , equipped with F-4E Phantoms. The base was closed in 1993 and it is now called Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. A small impression of the day’s visit goes hereby. (special thanks to KNVOL for organizing this trip)
On July 29th , 1971 Frank and Hans visited the German Fliegerhorst Rheine-Hopsten to make a report for Flash Aviation Magazine. In this gallery you will find a number of pictures they took of the resident F-104 Starfighters of JABOG 36 & the Lockheed T-33’s of the Base Flight.
In May Frank visited the Technik Museum in the German city of Speyer (near Frankfurt). Next to other technical hardware (cars, locomotives, boats) this museum has over 60 aircraft on display; they are presented in their “active” mode (meaning that most of them are displayed as if they were flying, placed on poles or hanging on the cealing) and that gives the exhibition a somewhat strange outlook. Some of the aircraft wear their original livery, others have been repainted to give them an exotic outlook. Nevertheless, a nice place to visit!