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F-84 Thunderjet Design, History, Deployment and Photographs

The F-84 Thunderjet became the Army Air Forces' second jet fighter to enter large-scale production, and it first flew flight in February of 1946.

Four F-84G jets in formationF-84G jets in formation, S/N 11309, Buzz Number FS-309, in the foreground

During its service life, the Thunderjet served in several roles, including day fighter, long-range escort fighter, fighter-bomber and as the USAF's first tactical nuclear bomber. The United States also supplied F-84s to 14 other countries.

Early models had considerable problems, and the Air Force considered canceling the program. Eventually, the aircraft was considered fully operational in 1949, with the arrival of the F-84D model. The design matured with the F-84G introduced in 1951.

The basic "straight-wing" F-84 design later evolved into a swept-wing fighter version called the F-84F Thunderstreak and a swept-wing reconnaissance version called the RF-84F Thunderflash.

Technical Specifications of the F-84 Thunderjet

F-84 Thunderjet from the Topps Wings Friend or Foe Trading Card Series
F-84 Thunderjet
(from the Topps Wings Friend or Foe collection)

Armament: 6 .50-cal. machine guns & 8 5-in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs, or napalm tanks
Engine: Allison J35 of 4,900 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 620 mph
Range: 1,485 miles
Ceiling: 43,240 ft.
Span: 36 ft. 5 in.
Length: 38 ft. 6 in.
Height: 12 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 15,227 lbs. loaded 

Production Numbers and Surviving F-84 Thunderjets on Display

By the time production ended in 1953, Republic had manufactured 4,450 "straight-wing" Thunderjets (XP-84, YP-84A, F-84B/C/D/E/G) had been built.

A total of 16 F-84 Thunderjets survive and are on display today in the United States, including aircraft in the photographs below.

F-84 Thunderjet Photographs

Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, Tucson
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275, restored at Hill AFB, near Salt Lake City
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275
F-84G Thunderjet, 23275. tail view
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-604, Buzz Number FS-604A, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-604, Buzz Number FS-604A,
F-84 Thunderjet, S/N 71562, Buzz Number FS-562, Pueblo
F-84 Thunderjet, S/N 71562, Buzz Number FS-562

F-84 Thunderjet Photographs by Our Friends and Supporters

F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-1027, Buzz Number FS-027A, at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico
(photo by Andrew Hersey)
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-1027, on display at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico

Historic Image of the F-84 Thunderjet from the Planes Of The Past Collection

U.S. Air Force F-84E Thunderjet S/N 92026
U.S. Air Force F-84E Thunderjet S/N 92026, Buzz Number FS-026

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