Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (P-226) as used by the "Koninklijke Luchtmacht" (RNLAF)
at the Military Aviation Museum, Kamp Zeist (the Netherlands)
The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak was an American-built swept-wing turbojet fighter-bomber. While an evolutionary development of the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet, the F-84F was a new design. The RF-84F Thunderflash was a photo reconnaissance version. The first F-84F prototype flew in June 1950. Deliveries began in 1954, with most of the aircraft going to the Tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter bomber. Republic built 2112 F-84F's while General Motors fabricated 599 more. Of these, 1301 were delivered to the NATO under the Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP). Production of a reconnaissance version, the RF-84F, totalled 715 aircraft, including 386 for allied countries.
To accommodate cameras in the nose, Republic moved the RF-84F's air intakes to the wing roots.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force operated 180 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and 24 RF-84F Thunderflash from 1955 until 1970.