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F-84 Thunderjet

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, 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 cards)

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 at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum in Colorado, and the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB in Georgia (see photographs below).

F-84 Thunderjet Photographs

Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, at the Pima Air Museum
Republic F-84C Thunderjet S/N 47-1433, Buzz Number FS-433-A, at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433, Pima Air Museum
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433, at the Pima Air Museum
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275, restored at the Hill Aerospace Museum
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275, restored and on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum
F-84G Thunderjet, 23275. tail view, at the Hill Aerospace Museum
F-84G Thunderjet, Buzz Number FS-275, restored and on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-604, Buzz Number FS-604A,
at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-604, Buzz Number FS-604A, on display at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, in Warner-Robins, Georgia
F-84 Thunderjet, S/N 71562, Buzz Number FS-562, at the entrance to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
F-84, Buzz Number FS-562, on static display at the entrance to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum

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

U.S. Air Force F-84E Thunderjet S/N 92026, as shown in this historic postcard
U.S. Air Force F-84E Thunderjet S/N 92026, as shown in this historic postcard

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