Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

A picture of the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

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.  The first prototype flew in February 1946.  The second prototype set an American speed record later that year.  All versions of the F-84 except for the F-84F had straight wings.  The F model, influenced by the success of the F-86, had a swept wing that greatly improved speed and performance.  The F-84 saw combat in the Korean War. 

Serving mainly as fighter-bombers, a role for which it proved to be superbly suited.  During the mid-1950s the U.S. Air Force decided that they needed an aerobatic display team to match the Navy’s Blue Angels and formed the Thunderbirds to display the latest in jet fighter technology.  They chose the F-84 for the team due to its excellent low altitude performance.  The F-84F was retired from USAF service in 1971.

Wingspan

33 ft 7 in.

Length

43 ft 4 in.

Height

14 ft 4 in.

Weight

28,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

695 MPH

Service Ceiling

44,300 ft

Range

2,314 miles

Engine

One Wright J65-W-3 turbojet with 7,220 pounds of thrust

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Republic

Markings
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds display team, 1956

Designation
F-84F

Serial Number
52-6563

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