Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Single engine single seat reconnaissance aircraft

 

   The RF-84F Thunderflash was the dedicated reconnaissance version of the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak fighter-bomber. The classic “Streak” intake having been moved to the wing roots a new streamlined nose housed the air reconnaissance cameras. Between 1955 and 1958 24 Thunderflashes (FR1 - FR24) were delivered to the Belgian Air Forces through the Mutual Defence Air Programme (MDAP). All Thunderflashes were operated by 42 Squadron. To cover for losses by accidents 6 additional aircraft (FR25 - FR30) were bought by the Belgian Air Force in 1963, these aircraft were former U.S.Air National Guard jets. In January 1965 another 4 aircraft (FR31 - FR34) were bought from the German Luftwaffe. After the introduction of the Mirage 5BR the remaining MDAP Thunderflashes were put into storage at Koksijde and scrapped, the 'national' aircraft were kept for preservation purposes at various locations.

FR-01

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1955

Date Out

Jan 1972

51-11250, FR-1/H8-A, accident 08 Nov 1971 multiple bird strike in flight near Liège, storage Koksijde (by road), scrapped.

FR-02

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

Apr 1960

51-16996, FR-2/H8-C, crashed on 19 Apr 1960 at Mettendorf (D.) after engine problems.

FR-03

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

Jun 1972

51-16998, FR-3/H8-C, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-04

History

C/N

-

Date In

Sep 1955

Date Out

Oct 1971

52-7240, FR-4/H8-D, not repaired after discovery of contaminated hydraulics, stored at Koksijde, scrapped

FR-05

History

C/N

-

Date In

Dec 1956

Date Out

Sep 1971

51-1949, FR-5/H8-E, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-06

History

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1956

Date Out

Jan 1972

51-1958, FR-6/H8-F, accident 21 Jul 1971 Bierset, not repaired, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-07

History

C/N

-

Date In

May 1956

Date Out

Nov 1956

51-1957, FR-7/H8-G, crashed on take off from Wahn on 8 Aug 1956.

FR-08

History

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1955

Date Out

Feb 1972

51-11257, FR-8/H8-H, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-09

History

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1955

Date Out

Jun 1971

52-7229, FR-9/H8-J, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-10

History

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1958

Date Out

Jan 1959

52-7230, FR-10/H8-K, crashed at Wijchmaal on 27 Jan 1959 due to engine problems.

FR-11

History

C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1956

Date Out

Oct 1956

51-16999, FR-11/8S-L, crashed on approach to Wahn airbase on 31 Oct 1956 due to explosion of the engine.

FR-12

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1956

Date Out

May 1972

52-7238, FR-12/H8-M, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-13

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jun 1957

Date Out

May 1960

52-7237, FR-13/H8-N, intercepted by two Russian MiG fighters and forced to land at Darmgarten (then East-Geramny) on 29 May1958; returned to BAF, crashed on landing at Lahr (D.) on 17 May 1960

FR-14

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Dec 1966

52-7281, FR-14/H8-O, crashed at Grandmenil on 22 Dec 1966 because of engine problems.

FR-15

History

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1957

Date Out

Sep 1971

52-7282, FR-15/H8-P, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-16

History

C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1956

Date Out

Aug 1956

52-7282, FR-16/H8-Q, crashed at Euskirchen/Sassenrath (D.) on 24 Aug 1956 due to engine problems.

FR-17

History

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1956

Date Out

Jul 1971

52-7297, FR-17/8H-R, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-18

History

C/N

-

Date In

May 1956

Date Out

Dec 1971

51-11297, FR-18/H8-S, Storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-19

History

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1956

Date Out

Nov 1971

52-7439, FR-19/H8-T, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-20

History

C/N

-

Date In

Dec 1956

Date Out

Mar 1958

52-7436, FR-20/H8-U, crashed on take off of from Brustem on 25 Mar 1958.

FR-21

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1959

Date Out

Oct 1971

51-1876, FR-21/H8-V, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-22

History

C/N

-

Date In

Dec 1958

Date Out

Sep 1971

51-1906, FR-22/H8-W, storage at Koksijde, , scrapped.

FR-23

History

C/N

-

Date In

Dec 1958

Date Out

Nov 1971

51-1912, FR-23/H8-X, storage at Koksijde, scrapped.

FR-24

History

C/N

-

Date In

Feb 1959

Date Out

Feb 1962

51-1869, FR-24/H8-Y, destroyed in fire during maintenance at Beauvechain airbase on 22 Feb 1962.

FR-25

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1964

Date Out

Jun 1969

51-1867, FR-25, crashed at Laufenselden (D.) on 26 Jun 1969

FR-26

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1963

Date Out

Dec 1970

51-1886, FR-26, Accident Cat 4 at Bierset 22 Oct 1970 - not repaired, scrapdealer Kalken, Air Museum Savigny-les Neaune (F.).

FR-27

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1963

Date Out

Sep 1971

51-1922, FR-27, strorage at Koksijde, preserved at Florennes airbase, Monument at Spa-La Sauvenière airfield.

FR-28

History

C/N

-

Date In

May 1963

Date Out

Nov 1972

51-1945, FR-28, on display at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.

FR-29

History

C/N

-

Date In

Aug 1963

Date Out

Oct 1971

51-11279, FR-29, storage at Koksijde, gate guardian at Evere, gate guardian at Florennes

FR-30

History

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1963

Date Out

Sep 1971

51-17015, FR-30, storage at Koksijde, Technical School Saffraanberg, Monument Temploux, storage Musée de l'Air , Paris (F.).

FR-31

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

Sep 1971

53-7644, EA+111, EA+311 (Luftwaffe), FR-31, storage at Koksijde, Techn School Saffraanberg, stored at Gilze Rijen for Mlitair Luchtvaartmuseum, gate guard as KLu "P-7" at Oranjekazerne, Schaarsbergen (Nl.)

FR-32

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

Jun 1971

53-7646, BD+103, EA+103, EA+303 (Luftwaffe), FR-32, Storage at Koksijde, Technical School Saffraanberg, restoration Bierset, storage Army Museum Weelde, Beauvechain

FR-33

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

Sep 1971

53-7658, BD+105, EA+105, EA+305 (Luftwaffe), FR-33, storage at Koksijde, (Royal) Technical School Saffraanberg, Storage at Bierset, Preserved at Florennes, dumped Beauvechain.

FR-34

History

C/N

-

Date In

Jan 1965

Date Out

Sep 1971

53-7677, EA+234, EA+334 (Luftwaffe), FR-34, "Adieu à toi le Petit Dernièr", Gate Guard Bierset, Stored for Royal Army Museum, Weelde, scrapped.

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