American postwar aircraft
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-wing F-84
The prototype first flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the
tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter bomber.
Republic built 2,112 "-F"s while General Motors fabricated an additional 599.
Of these, 1,301 were delivered to NATO air forces. Production of a reconnaissance version,
the RF-84F Thunderflash, totaled 715 aircraft, including 386 for allied countries. The
RF-84F featured engine air intakes at the wing roots plus cameras in the nose.
F-84Fs gradually were replaced by supersonic F-100s in the late 1950s and were turned
over to Air National Guard units. However, some F-84Fs were called back to temporary USAF
service in the early 1960s due to the Berlin Crisis.
The origin of the Republic Aircraft Corporation's swept wing F-84 variants can be traced
back to the summer of 1944.
The Army Air Force proposed to convert the rugged radial engine P-47 Thunderbolt to a jet
power by installing 2 single General Electric TG-180 axial flow turbojets in its fuselage.
Though several years in the making, what eventually emerged became the most famous of
Republic's early jet fighter's, the straight winged P/F-84
. The Thunderjet made its first flight on Feb. 28, 1946. Preliminary design
on the swept wing version began in March of 1947.
The swept wing Thunderstreak flew June 3, 1950. This version was much more capable and
reliable. The F-84 was the first single seat fighter capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.
A total of 2,711 were built. The F-84 was the first jet fighter to fly the Atlantic Ocean
nonft using in-flight refueling.
In 1946, a Thunderjet set a world speed record of 611 mph. Different versions of the F-84
saw service in Korea. Some F-84s remained in service until the 1970s.
This F-84F was delivered to Bergstrom AFB, Texas, July 1, 1954. Later, it served with the
Texas Air National Guard, Kelly AFB
Texas, where it stayed until its retirement in March 1971.
|One Wright J65-W-3 turbofan
|Initial climb rate
|Max. takeoff weight
|6x .50 cal machine guns with 1,800 rounds of ammunition;
external bombs 6,000 lb.
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