Republic F-84F “Thundermirage”: Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.

The retirement time of the Belgian “Super Hogs” only meant a change of occupation. A considerable number of the F-84F’s became decoys at operational air bases. Some, just like this one, were even modified to look like Mirage V fighters… delta wing, side air intakes and nose radar included. Granted, at close on these “Thundermirages” looked plain terrible, but from the air at speed it was indeed very hard to see the difference with the real deal. A plus to this arrangement was that thanks to this curious second career many Belgian F-84 -the not modified- have survive to be preserved.

An ugly duckling trying unsuccessfully to be a swan.

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