Luftwaffe & Marine & Heer

F-84 F Thunderstreak Fighter Bomber

The swept wing F-84 F Thunderstreak evolved from the straight wing F-84 G Thunderjet. The prototype F-84 F first flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954. The Thunderstreak suffered for a variety of problem during is service life. Initial production was slowed because of a shortage of tooling to produce the wing spars. There were control and stability problems that were not fixed until the 276th aircraft. Engine failures resulted in the entire fleet being grounded in early 1955 and the J65 engine continued to suffer from flameouts when flying through heavy rain or snow. In spite of al of this, the USAF found the aircraft to be considerably better than the F-84 G. The Thunderjet was phased out of active duty squadrons by 1958. However The Berlin Crisis in 1961 caused the reactivation of the F-84 F fleet. In 1962 the fleet was grounded due to corrosion of control rods. The F-84 F was retired from active service in 1964 and from ANG service in 1971. 2,711 Thunderstreaks were built with 1,301 going to NATO countries and other US allies. The F-84 F was flown by the USAF, Belgian Air Force, Chinese Nationalist Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, French Air Force, Luftwaffe, Greek Air Force, Imperial Iranian Air Force, Italian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Portuguese Air Force, Turkish Air Force and SFR Yugoslav Air Force. On August 16, 1962 two Turkish Air Force F-84 F Thunderstreaks shot down two Iraqi Il-28 Beagle bombers that crossed the Turkish border by mistake in one of the few air to air engagements involving the F-84 F. The Thunderstreak was armed with 6 .50 cal. Browning M3 machine guns and could carry 6,000 lbs. of ordinance including 1 Mk. 7 61 kiloton nuclear bomb. This model shows a F-84 F flown by the West German Air Force JaboG 34 squadron.

Republic F-84 F Thunderstreak Fighter Bomber

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F-104 Starfighter Fighter Bomber

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was developed with feedback from pilots flying in the Korean War. The number one request was for a simple high performance aircraft. Lockheed created a design that wrapped the lightest, most aerodynamically efficient airframe possible around the General Electric J79 engine. The F-104 first flew in March 1954 and became operational in 1958. The Starfighter was a very innovative aircraft. It featured a radical wing design, a very small, straight, mid-mounted, trapezoidal wing that was extremely thin. The wing's leading edges were so thin and sharp that they presented a hazard to ground crews and protective guards had to be installed during ground operations. The top speed of the Starfighter was limited more by the aluminum airframe structure and the temperature limits of the engine compressor than by thrust or drag. The Starfighter was the first combat aircraft capable of sustained Mach 2 flight and its speed and climb performance remain impressive even by current standards. The F-104 was continually improved over it’s production run and the basic interceptor evolved into a fighter-bomber. While the F-104 was phased out of USAF service in the late 1960s, the German Luftwaffe was looking for a multirole combat aircraft. The Starfighter was reworked to convert it from an interceptor to an all weather ground attack, reconnaissance and interceptor aircraft, the F-104G. The new version of the F-104 was a success and 2,578 were built. International service of the F-104 began to end in the late 1970s however the last F-104 G was not retired from the Italian Air Force until October 31, 2004. F-104s were built in or used by the USAF, NASA, Canada, West Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Pakistan, the Republic of China and Japan. The F-104 Starfighter was armed with a 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling cannon, two wingtip hard points for the AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs or fuel tanks and could carry 4,000 lbs. of ordinance. This model shows a plane flown by the German Navy and armed with Kormoran anti-ship missiles. Also see the F-104 A.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter Fighter Bomber

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Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO-105 P PAH-1 Antitank Helicopter

The Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO-105 is a lightweight twin engine multi role helicopter. The BO-105 first flew on February 16, 1967 and deliveries began shortly afterwards. Production ended in 2001 after 1,406 machines had been built. The BO-105 features a four blade rigid main rotor with fiberglass blades that give the helicopter very high maneuverability and excellent nap of the earth flight capability. Many different versions of the BO-105 have been produced including direct air support, search and rescue, transport, police, EMS, medevac, offshore patrol and anti tank. BO-105 P PAH-1 is the antitank version of the BO-105. It mounts outriggers to carry six Hughes TOW missiles and has a stabilized sight. Deliveries began on December 4, 1980 and were completed in mid-1984.

The Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO-105 P PAH-1 Antitank Helicopter

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