Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

The RF-84F Thunderflash was the reconnaissance version of the F-84F Thunderstreak, where the air intake was moved for the wingroots. A new streamlined nose housed the air recconnaissance cameras.
Between 1955 and 1958 24 Thunderflashes (FR1 - FR24) were delivered to the Belgian Air Forces via the MDAP military support programme.
All Thunderflashes were operated by 42 Squadron.
To cover for peace losses 6 additional aircraft (FR25 - FR30) were bought by the Belgian Air Force in 1963, these aircraft were ex U.S.Air National Guard.
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 at various locations.




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