Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

A picture of the Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

The RF-84F is the first jet specifically designed for tactical reconnaissance to go into service with the U.S. Air Force. 

Developed from the F-84F, the aircraft was significantly redesigned from the other members of the F-84 family.  Most obviously, the engine intakes were relocated to the wing roots to allow the lengthened nose section to be used to house various cameras and electronic equipment. 

The Thunderflash first flew in 1952.  Over 700 of them were built and they remained in USAF service until 1972.

Wingspan

33 ft 7 in.

Length

47 ft 7 in.

Height

15 ft

Weight

27,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

620 MPH

Service Ceiling

46,000 ft

Range

2,200 miles

Engine

One Wright J65-W-7 turbojet with 7,800 pounds of thrust

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Republic

Markings
155th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Nebraska Air National Guard, Lincoln Airport, Nebraska

Serial Number
51-1944

Designation
RF-84F

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