The F-84 is Republic’s entry into America’s first generation of jet fighters. It was designed in 1944 in response to an Army Air Force request for a 600-mile per hour fighter and was seen as the successor to the P-47 Thunderbolt. The first prototype flew in February 1946. The second prototype set an American speed record later that year. Several versions of the F-84 were built, some with very significant differences including; straight and swept wings, different engine air intakes, and several engine versions. The F-84 saw extensive use as a fighter-bomber during the Korean War. The F-84C closely resembled the earlier versions with a straight wing but used a slightly improved engine that allowed a heavier weight. A total of 191 F-84Cs were built.
33rd Fighter Group, Walker AFB, New Mexico, 1948
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