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Julien

F-84 To Bentwaters Cold War Museum

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The BCWM has now received it's 9th airframe in the form of a Republic F-84F Thunderstreak. The aircraft, 51-7133 was transported to the museum on September 24 and 25th from the RAF Museum at Cosford where the aircraft was in storage for almost 20 years. We are planning on a restoration and then a repaint of the airframe into the colours of an 81st FBW aircraft. We will publish more images of the aircraft soon, but you can read more about this aircraft's history on our website.

http://www.bcwm.org.uk/museum-aircraft/

 

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Cool. Looking forward to seeing that.

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Is the vertical fin chopped or is that how it came apart? These are neat looking planes, never saw one in person.

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The fin is unbolted to get the stab out.

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Here are a couple photos from my slide scans, of the one that was at Southend in mid 1970s' in Belgian Air Force markings.  Could it be the same one??

 

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Yes its the same aircraft. Has been in storage at Cosford for 25+ years

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4 minutes ago, Julien said:

Yes its the same aircraft. Has been in storage at Cosford for 25+ years

God Lord - that's been on the shelf of doom longer than some of mine then.

 

Julien - what the type of work that's required on her.  I assume a paint strip down and repaint but does the airframe need any work and if so what?  I just never thought about what went into a restoration before 

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Potted History

 

Constructed as a F-84F. Circa 1952

Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 52-7133. 1955

Taken on Strength/Charge with the Force Arienne Belge with s/n FU-6.

To Historic Aircraft Museum, Southend.14 May 1974

To Medway Royal Aeronautical Society, Rochester Airport, Kent. Restored. Markings Applied: 6771 In USAF Thunderbirds colours.

March 1990 To Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Cosford, Shropshire, England.

2019 To Bentwaters Cold War Museum

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8 minutes ago, JohnT said:

God Lord - that's been on the shelf of doom longer than some of mine then.

 

Julien - what the type of work that's required on her.  I assume a paint strip down and repaint but does the airframe need any work and if so what?  I just never thought about what went into a restoration before 

Yes its been in store for a while. The aircraft has to be assessed, the good thing is that it has been stored inside, but there is some corrosion which will need to be dealt with. Proper survey etc still needs to be done and then we will go from there.

 

Will be repainted as an aircraft from the 81st FBW but which Sqn etc I dont know, trustees make those kind of decisions. Will take a while as we cant start straight away as have other projects as well. 

 

Still really good to have this aircraft, and a type which served at Bentwaters.

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9 hours ago, bentwaters81tfw said:

The fin is unbolted to get the stab out.

ok good, looked like it was hacked off. Probably still a good airframe?aside from some corrosion.

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Mostly solid. Stab will need some re skinning, and a few bits and bobs. Been dry stored for 35 years.

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just had a thought. It would be good to see its original USAF serial number as opposed to one 'borrowed'from the archives.

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That is brilliant news. It is good to see the type where they were based. They also stood Nuclear alert at Manston in the late ‘50s I understand.

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Gosh, I remember seeing this one parked out in the open at Rochester in summer 1988 in its Thunderbirds colours.

 

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