Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Republic
Markings
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds display team, 1956
Designation
F-84F
Serial Number
52-6563

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 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.

Specifications
Wingspan 33 ft
Length 43 ft
Height 14 ft 4 in
Weight 28,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 695 mph
Service Ceiling 44,300 ft
Range 2,314 miles
Engines 1 Wright J65-W-3 turbojet 7,220 lbs thrust
Crew 1