Republic F-84G Thunderjet

 

Republic F-84G Thunderjet FZ-29/Z6-N

 

 

 

Republic F-84G Thunderjet

Single engine fighter-bomber

 

 

 As of early 1952 the Belgian Air Force took on charge no less than 213 Republic F-84G fighter-bombers for its 2nd, 9th and 10th Wings as well as N° 42 recce Squadron. The first 140 aircraft were delivered by ship at Karup (Denmark) were the aircraft were prepared for the ferry flight to Belgium. Thunderjets FZ-141 up to FZ-161 were flown in from the United States to be accepted at Melsbroek airbase. The other fighters were all former USAF machines that underwent deep maintenance at Sabca (Haren) before being delivered to the Belgian Air Force. Some of the machines had the necessary wiring to be used as reconnaissance aircraft using specially modified wing-tip tanks equipped with cameras. These recce planes (FZ-187, -188, -189, -191, -192, -203, -204 and -205) all served with "C" flight of N° 2 Squadron (RAF) later to become N° 42 Squadron (BAF).  Already in 1956/57 the majority of the Thunderjets was replaced by the vastly improved F-84F Thunderstreak in the framework of "Operation Swapshop". The Thunderjet is really the icon of the cold war when a tiny country such as Belgium could rely on no less than 29 squadrons. Because the F-84G's were delivered in the framework of the Mutual Defence Aid Programme (MDAP) most of these aircraft had a second career in other NATO countries such as Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Turkey and such exotic places as Yugoslavia and even Thailand. 


Picture   Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
FZ-1 2335-149B Mar 1952 1956 51-9696, FZ-1, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe.
FZ-2 2336-160B Jan 1952 Jul 1956 51-9707, FZ-2/"RLD" (Raymond Lallemand), transferred MAAG as 51-9707, to Royal Danish Air Force as AT-J, SE-V, scrapped.
FZ-3 2336-126B Mar 1952 Jan 1953 51-9673, FZ-3/UR-J, 12 jan 1953 crash at Wildenrath (D.)
FZ-4 2336-080B Mar 1952 Jun 1957 51-9627, FZ-4/UR-I, 51-9627 Turkish Air Force
FZ-5 2336-147B Mar 1952 Jun 1956 51-9694, FZ-5/YL-C, /8S-L, 51-9694 Turkish Air Force
FZ-6 2336-136B Mar 1952 May 1954 51-9684, FZ-6, crashed on 17 May 1954 after mid-air collision with FZ-17 at  Posterhold (Nl.)
- FZ-7 2336-129B Mar 1952 Aug 1956 51-9676, FZ-7, to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9676/AT-G, crashed at Aalborg (Dk.) on 10 Oct 1958.
FZ-8 2336-124B Mar 1952 Jun 1956 51-9671, FZ-8/UR-H, 51-9671 Turkish Air Force.
- FZ-9 2336-176B Mar 1952 Feb 1956 51-9723, FZ-9,  to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9723/SY-U, crashed at Skkrydstru^p (Dk.) on 21 Aug 1957.
- FZ-10 2336-134B Mar 1952 Sep 1956 51-9681, FZ-10/Z6- ,  to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9681/AT-D, scrapped at Stauning (Dk.) in Oct 2000.
FZ-11 2336-127B Mar 1952 Sep 1956 51-9674, FZ-11/3R-D,  to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9674/AT-B, scrapped.
FZ-12 2336-162B Mar 1952 Sep 1956 51-9709, FZ-12, to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9709/KR-T, /AT-B, scrapped.
FZ-13 2336-169B Mar 1952 Oct 1956 51-9716, FZ-13/YL-B, To Portuguese Air Force as FAP 5194, written off in PAF service on 4 Mar 1958.
- FZ-14 2336-090B Mar 1952 Aug 1956 51-9637, FZ-14,  to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9637/AT-H, crashed at Løgstør (Dk.) on 25 Apr 1957.
FZ-15 2336-164B Mar 1952 May 1956 51-9711, FZ-15/3R-E, /EB-G, to Royal Danish Air Force as 51-9711/SY-Q, /AT-O, decoy Tistrup, scrapped, tail to Norway.
FZ-18 2336-155B Mar 1952 Apr 1956 51-9702, FZ-18/UR-K, Thai Air Force
FZ-23 2336-223B Apr1952 Aug 1954 51-9770, FZ-23/UR-N, /Z6-A, Crashed on 18 Aug 1954 near Düsseldorf (D.) after explosion of engine.
FZ-25 2336-255B Apr 1952 Sep 1956 51-9772, FZ-25/YL-F, /Z6-J, "Thunderteam", 51-9772 Turkish Air Force.
FZ-26 2336-202B Apr 1952 Aug 1954 51-9749, FZ-26/Z6-L, crashed at Brüggen (D.) on 12 Aug 1954
FZ-28 2336-290B Apr 1952 Apr 1956 51-9837, FZ-28/Z6-D, FAP 5178 (?) Port. AF
FZ-29 2336-310B Apr 1952 Apr 1956 51-9839, FZ-29/Z6-N, FAP 5175 Portuguese Air Force.
FZ-30 2336-297B Apr 1952 Sep 1956 51-9844, FZ-30, 51-9844 Danish Air Force, KP-R, AT-N, KP-2, used for fire-fighting training at Karup (Dk.)
FZ-32 2336-281B Apr 1952 Jan 1954 51-9828, FZ-32/YL-K,
25 Jan 1954 crashed at Geilenkirchen (D.)
FZ-33 2336-298B Mar 1952 Mar 1957 51-9845, FZ-33/Z6-O, transferred to MAAAG  and stored at Chateauroux (F.), fate unknown.
FZ-36 2336-215B Apr1952 Sep 1956 51-9762, FZ-36/EB-L, 51-9762 Turkish Air Force.
FZ-40 2336-254B May 1952 Mar 1957 51-9801, FZ-40/UR-O, /Z6-U, transferred to MAAAG  and stored at Chateauroux (F.), fate unknown.
FZ-48 2142-450B May 1952 Apr 1956 51-9997, FZ-48/RA-F, 51-9997 RDAF, SY-T,AT-G, SY-Y, crashed at Vemmeetofte (Dk.) on 22 Sep 1959.
FZ-52 2142-452B May 1952 Aug 1957 51-9999, FZ-52/RA-C, 51-9999 transferred to MAAG and to USAFE (Germany)
FZ-58 2142-421B May 1952 Jun 1956 51-9968, FS-58/RA-G, 51-9968 Turkish Air Force.
FZ-63 2142-499B Jun 1952 Oct 1954 51-10046, FZ-63/Z6-K, crashed at Geilenkirchen (D.) on 23 Oct 1953.
FZ-66 2142-487B Jun 1952 Jan 1953 FZ-66/RA-J, /Z6-M, crashed at Leefdaal on 3 Dec 1953.
FZ-78 2342-924B Sep 52 Jan 1955 51-10474, FZ-78/3R-Z,, 18 Jan 1955 crash at Mazée-Givet.
FZ-88 2442-961B Sep 1952 May 1957 51-10508, FZ-88/UR-H, 51-10508 Turkish Air Force.
FZ-107 2442-1120B Jun 1952 1954 51-10667, FZ-107, Damaged beyond repair in Oct 1954 in a syndical action, restored with tail of FZ-71 and used as recruiting object, to Royal Army Museum, "FZ-71/UR-K, FZ-132/YL-D, FZ-153/JE-C, FZ-153/3R-E".
FZ-114 2442-1093B Nov 1952 May 1957 51-10640, FZ-114/UR-N, 51-10640 Turkish Air Force
FZ-138 2542-1355B Dec 1952 Sep 1956 51-10902, FZ-138/3R-B, Royal Danish Air Force 51-10902/SY-N, Scrapped (Dec 1987)
FZ-141 2542-1251B Dec 1952 Sep 1956 51-10798, FZ-141/3R-U, /UR-U, via MAAG to Danish Air Force as SI-J, scrapped at Traenum.
FZ-153 2542-1224B 1952 Jul 1957 51-10771, FZ-153/3R-F, Yugoslavian Air Force
FZ-186 2136-016B Aug 1954 Dec 1956 51-707 (USAF), FZ-186, spare parts resource Sabca (Gosselies)
FZ-190 2635-1493 Aug 1954 Jul 1957 51-870 (USAF), FZ-190/IS-X, 51-870 (USAF) via MAAG Chateauroux (F.) to USAF ar Nouasseur (Morocco)
    film on the Republic F-84G Thunderjets of N° 22 Squadron
    film on the Republic F-84G Thunderjets of the 10th Wing at Kleine Brogel
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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