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Republic RF-84F in Detail (Reprise)

Nose and Camera Installation

n Photos and text  by Magnus Fridsell

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The business end of a Thunderflash. Right hand side of the nose with its camera windows.


The forward facing camera port with the front vertical port behind that. The reddish shine from the forward right oblique window is not due to tinted glass but rather because of the red Hawker Hunter parked besides the Thunderflash!


Left hand side of the nose. Note that the window configuration differs from side to side. Also of interest is the prismatic shape of the nose to accomodate for flat, optically perfect, windows.


The camera arrangement was impressive in these aircraft. There was provision for a total of six cameras, depending on type of mission. Also noteworthy is the amount of unofficial "tagging", probably after visits to other NATO bases.


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