Republic F-84E Thunderjet

 

 

Republic F-84E Thunderjet

 

 

Republic F-84E Thunderjet

Singel-seat jet fighter-bomber

 

 As was the case with The Netherlands, Belgium also received 21 Republic F-84E Thunderjet fighter-bombers from the U.S. Government. The first four aircraft were delivered in crates and by ship to the Antwerpen port on March 12th, 1951 after which the machines were assembled at Melsbroek airbase. On 3 April 1951 the first three Thunderjets were officially presented to the Belgian Air Force. First unit to receive this American jets was the 2nd Wing based at Florennes. Later in its career the F-84E also served with N° 9 Wing based at Bierset and N° 10 Wing of Kleine Brogel. The "E" models were replaced by the more advanced F-84G Thunderjet.

   


Picture   Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
FS-1 - Apr 1951 Aug 1956 50-1819/FS-819 (USAF), FS-1/FS-819 (BAF)
FS-2 - Apr 1951 Aug 1956 50/1926/FS-826 (USAF), FS-826 (BAF), FS-2/RA-X
FS-3 - Mar 1951 Sep 1953 50-1825/FS-825 (USAF), FS-825 (BAF), FS-3/3R-H,
29 Sep 1953 written off due to explosion of engine at Florennes on 29 Sep 1953.
FS-4 - Apr 1951 Aug 1956 50-1813/FS-813 (USAF), FS-4, returned to the USAF.
FS-5 2335-1368 Aug 1951 Jun 1956 51-9601/FS-601-C (USAF), FS-601-C (BAF), FS-5/3R-J, returned to USAF
FS-6 2335-1374 Aug 1951 Jun 1956 51-9607/FS-607-B (USAF), FS-607-B (BAF), FS-6/3R-B, returned to USAF
FS-7 2335-1348 Aug 1951 Jun 1956 51-9581/FS-581-C (USAF), FS-7/3R-O, /RA-W, returned to USAF at Erding (D.) and scrapped localy.
FS-8 2335-1370 Aug 1951 Nov 1951 51-9603/FS-603-B (USAF), FS-603-B (BAF), FS-8, Crashed at Mesnil/Givet on 29 Nov 1951.
FS-9 2335-1372 Aug 1951 Aug 1956 51-9605/FS-605-B (USAF), FS-9/3R-G, returned to USAF
FS-10 2335-1375 Aug 1951 Jul 1956 51-9608/FS-608-B, (USAF), FS-10, returned to USAF at Erding (D.) and scrapped localy.
FS-11 2335-1376 Aug 1951 Jun 1956 51-9609/FS-609-B (USAF), FS-11/3R-C, /3R-11, returned to USAF
FS-12 2335-1326 1951 Jun 1956 51-9559/FS-559-D (USAF), FS-12, returned to the USAF.
FS-13 2335-1340 Oct 1951 Jun 1956 51-9573/FS-573-D (USAF), FS-573-D (BAF), FS-13/RA-Z, returned to the USAF.
FS-14 2335-1346 Oct 1951 Jun1956 51-9579/FS-579-D, FS-579-D (BAF), FS-14/YL-U, returned to the USAF.
FS-15 2335-1369 Oct 1951 1956 51-9602/FS-602-C (USAF), FS-602-C (BAF) , FS-15, Technical School Saffraanberg, probably returned to the USAF.
FS-16 2335-1373 Oct 1951 Jun 1956 51-9606/FS-606-B (USAF), FS-606-B (BAF), FS-16/UR-16, /Z6-R, /RA-Y, returned to the USAF.
FS-17 2335-1366 Oct 1951 Apr 1956 51-9599/FS-599-C (USAF), FS-599-C (BAF), FS-17, (UR)"-17", 8S-W, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, Monument Kleine Borgel as "FS-2/KB-1" later FS-17 "DMB"
FS-18 2335-1380 Oct 1951 Jun 1956 51-9613.FS-613-B, FS-613-B (BAF), FS-18/8S-T, returned to the USAF.
FS-19 2334_1381 Oct 1951 Jul 1956 51-9614/FS-614-B (USAF), FS-614-B (BAF), FS-19/UR-19, /UR-F, returned to the USAF.
FS-20 2335-1383 Oct 1951 Jun 1956 51-9616/FS-616-B (USAF), FS-616-B (BAF), FS-20/UR-20, returned to the USAF.
  FS-21 2335-1382 Oct 1951 Jan 1956 51-9615/FS-615-B (USAF), FS-615-B (BAF), FS-21/YL-X, /RA-Z, crashed at Zoersel on 23 Jan 1956.

 

 

 

 

Last updated 30/04/15 10:56   Daniel Brackx

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