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† April 30, 2018

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Republic F-84F Thunderstreak: Red Noses 1955

Red Noses aerobatic team 1956.

During 1956 captain C.A.M. Poublon, squadron 314 raised a Thunderjet-team. Soon the Thunderjets were replaced with the Republic Thunderstreak. Other members were lieutenant Hans de Jong; lieutenant . R. De Koning and ensign Hans (Red) Verdonk.
Poublon had already joined a Thunderjet-team during 1952/1953. This team flew a display July 18, 1953 at Soesterberg, because of the 40th anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This show was of such good quality, that it stated that it could be compared with the famous USAFE-Thunderjet-team ‘The Sky Blazers’.
Training for the show of the Red Noses was done besides the usual training program of the pilots.
The show contained parts like: take-off in box formations, than a echelon-right formation an a right turn and a roll in box formation. The show ended with a spectacular downward bomb burst!

In 1957 the team joined the national championship formation flight of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The team ended up as last. In august, 1957 a final show was flown at the "Gouden ILSY" (ILSY = Internationale Luchtvaart Show Ypenburg = International Air Show Ypenburg).
The memorials of squadron 314 mention an attempt to adjust smoke generators. Chief Armament P. Koning developed these from two rockets. These were attached and secured with steel-wire. the smoke of the propulsion of these rockets would take care for the smoke trails. The first tests were unsuccessful. Both rockets got loose and disappeared.
No further information is known about this display team.

F-84F demoteam 314 Sqn
F-84F display team 314 Sqn "Red Noses" at air base Eindhoven in 1957.<,br/> From left to right Hans de Jong, Hans Verdonk, Rob de Koning and below Charlie Poublon.
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Grondpersoneel van het F-84F demoteam van 314 Sqn
Ground crew of F-84F display team of 314 Sqn "Red Noses" at air base Eindhoven in 1957.
Standing from left to right Erkelens, Van de Leur. Kneeled from left to right Ulderink, Ulderink, De Groot and Vogler.
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F-84F van 314 Sqn op Eindhoven. Gezien de beschildering rond de luchtinlaat en de zijkant van de rompneus is dit een kist van het demoteam
A F-84F of 314 Sqn at Eindhoven. Regarding its paint scheme this particular aircraft might be part of the display team "Red Noses".
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Colour scheme

The first years the Dutch Thunderstreaks were 'bare metal". Soon problems with corrosion occurred, so halfway the fifties the undersides of the aircraft were sprayed with aluminium varnish. The aircraft of the Red Noses team were probably original bare metal. 
On all Dutch F-84F's the standard ‘NATO’ aircraft stencilling was applied.

ColourKLu-name & codeFS-numberBS-numberHumbrolXtraColor
Aluminium Aluminium 17178   11 / 191 216 / 252 / 501
Red Rood 21136 538 153 103

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

The aircraft of the Red Noses team were provided with a special colour scheme. Probably applied because of the Championship or because of the ILSY. I managed to find just very few photo's, all seem to be the result of one photo session, because both technical crew and the team members are posing in front of one of the aircraft.
The tail was probable painted in red, white and blue. The nose was red, flushing towards the wings. The leading edge was also painted red with a small white frame.
The drawing shows how the aircraft might have looked like.

Republic F 84F Thunderstreak Rednoses SMALL
Colour scheme display team Red Noses.

Further information about this display team would be appreciated.

Click here for information about the Dutch Thunderstreaks in general click here.

Literature and resources.

Avia; nr 9, jaargang 32, 09-1973   P.324 - 325 1973 Uitg. Wyt Rotterdam
Avia; nr 5, jaargang 34, 05-1975   p.162 – 163 1975 Uitg. Wyt Rotterdam
Modelbouw in Plastic, nr. 3, jaargang 17, 1976   Pag. 6 – 11 1976 Uitgave: IPMS Nederland
AviaHobby P. Gols & H. Loeber Pag. 161 – 170 09-1980 Uitg. Wyt - Rotterdam
F-84 in action, Aircraft-number 1061 L.Davis & D.Menard Uitgave: Squadron Signal 1983  
Vliegend in Nederland deel 1: Thunderstreak G.A. Hilterman   1986 Uitgave: Flash Aviation-Eindhoven
display teams van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht A. Louwers Pag.11-16; 20-23. 1988 Uitgave: De Alk - Alkmaar
Modelbouw in Plastic,nr. 2, jaargang 17; 1988 F. Bachhoffner e.a. Pag. 34 + 35 1988 Uitgave: IPMS Nederland
40 JAAR 314 SQUADRON 1952 - 1992 “Zie ze vliegen deel III” Elt. “M.A.F. Spinks“ p.33 en p.36 1992 Uitgave KLu Bureau Druk-realisatie
Modelbouw in Plastic, nr.1 Jaargang 22, 1993. F.Bachoffner P.2 – 7 1993 Uitgave: IPMS Nederland
Modelbouw in Plastic, nr. 4, jaargang 23; 1994 K.W.Jonker Pag. 74 – 84 1994 Uitgave: IPMS Nederland
Squadrons van de Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Derde druk) W.F. Helffrich pag. 30, 33, 34, 129 t/m 169 1994 Uitg. W.F. Helffrich – Hilversum
Luchtvaartwereld; nr. 1, jaargang 1; 1999 Peter de Jong Pag. 45 – 49 1999 Uitg. Geromy - Maarssen.
Luchtvaartwereld; nr. 2, jaargang 1; 1999   Pag. 41 – 45 1999 Uitg. Geromy - Maarssen.
Luchtvaartwereld; nr. 3, jaargang 1; 1999   Pag. 53 – 55 1999 Uitg. Geromy - Maarssen.
Luchtvaartwereld; nr. 4, jaargang 1; 1999   Pag. 51-52 1999 Uitg. Geromy - Maarssen.
Camouflage en Kentekens J.H.N Greuter e.a. Pag. 57 – 61; 69 – 74; 99 – 105 1998 Uitg Bonneville

Special thanks to: L. Boerman (Dutch Decal); Hr. Ulderink (photo’s and information); Sectie Militaire Luchtvaart Historie (foto’s en Info)