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Wrecks&Relics (2011-today)

August 2, 2020 |

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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USAF/ANG Thunderflashes

June 27, 2020 |

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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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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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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RF-84Fs of Greece (Hellenic Air Force)

July 27, 2019 |

Greece started receiving their first Thunderflashes in 1957, when 348 squadron (Mira) was formed at Larissa. The initial batch was augmented in 1964 by a number of ex Netherlands and German Air Force examples. In Greece the Thunderflashes were replaced by RF-4C Phantoms.

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RF-84Fs of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu)

May 21, 2019 |

 

No 306 Sqn KLu received its first RF 84 Thunderflash at RAF Laarbruch on 4 April 1956. The squadron was posted to Laarbruch from 8 Nov 1954 till 15 Jan 1958 when they moved to Deelen.

In their early days they wore a silver livery with the 306 squadron-code (TP-) on the nose; in later years they were camouflaged and subsequently their P- registration was added.

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National Military Museum ,Soesterberg (NL)

September 5, 2018 |

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

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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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