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The F-84F Thunderstreak was, although using the same designation number as the Republic Thunderjet F-84, a completely new aircraft. It got a swept wing but also a quite different fuselage than the Thunderjet. Many problems were encountered during development with the first aircraft ready in 1952. Stability problems occurred, resolved with a new all moving taiplane. The first operational Thunderstreak was delivered to the USAF in 1954. Over 2,300 aircraft were produced with over 1,300 delivered to NATO allies amidst the Cold War, including the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu).

The RF-84F Thunderflash is a reconnaissance derivative (see walk around here...)

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F-84F Thunderstreak

This F-84F Thunderstreak with no.51-9432  and coded FS-432  is now at the March Field Air museum in California, USA. The paint scheme is not original but the photo's show details of the type.

Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

(note: photo's have been wrongly named f86xxx )


F-84F Thunderstreak KLu

This F-84F-61-RE Thunderstreak coded P-226 was operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu Koninklijke Luchtmacht). Some 180 Thunderstreaks were delivered under the MDAP in the 1950s during the Cold War. The KLu operated the type until 1970. This aircraft is on display at the National Dutch Military museum (NMM) at the former Soesterberg air base, The Netherlands.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


F-84F Thunderstreak USAF

This F-84F is coded USAF 26675 / FS-675. Its origin is unclear but it suggests a scheme of USAF 78th TFS of the 81th TFW. It was seen on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum at Palms Springs, Ca. USA.

Photographed november 2016 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


F-84F Thunderstreak French Armee de l'Air

The French Armee de l' Air also used Thunderstreaks in the 1960s and 1970s. This F-84F has code 28875 and a bare metal scheme. It is on display at the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget airport, Paris.

Photographed 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


F-84F Thunderstreak Belgium

The Belgian air force operated nearly 200 F-84F Thunderstreaks in the 1960s and 1970s. This camouflaged aircraft coded "FU-30" is situated in the Belgian Luchtvaartmuseum in the Jubelpark, Brussels (B).

Photographed 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


OFFICIAL USAF COLOUR INFORMATION F-84F Thunderstreak
from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.


Various plastic scale model kits have been issued in the last 50 years of the Thunderstreak, often in odd scales. In 1/72 the Airfix and Italeri kits are well known, the PJ resin kit being better with more detail. In 1/48 the Monogram (Revell) kit was quite good as well as the Kinetic kit.

No large 1/32 model exist, only a rudimentary old ID Models vacuform. TAN Model from Turkey announced for 2017 new 1/32 F-84F kits (let's wait and see what happens...)

 

The Netherlands Air Force used the Thunderstreak and Flash. Enthusiasts, modellers and historians may look at the KLu Operational History at our IPMS Nedmil pages here....

Also check out the RF-84F Thunderflash walk around here...

This walkaround web page was first created January 2014 by M. de Vreeze