Crew Chief: Aaron & Stan ClarkThis aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.
F-84F Thunderstreak Specifications
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|B/N or Serial Number:||52-6475|
|Type:||Single Seat All-Weather Fighter/Bomber|
|Armament (fixed):||Six 50 Calibre M-3 guns with 1,800 rounds of ammunition. Bombs/Rockets on external hardpoints. Mk. 6 Nuclear stores|
|Powerplant and fuel system:||One Wright J65-W-3 turbojet of 7,220 lbs thrust|
speed: 685 mph @ sea level
Maximum speed: 608 mph @ 35,000 ft
Landing speed: 155 mph
Stall speed: 151 mph
Cruising speed: 550 mph.
Range: 850 miles
Ferry Range: 2,314 miles
Service Ceiling: 36,150 ft
Combat Ceiling: 42,250 ft
|Weights:||25,226 lbs. loaded
13,645 lbs. empty
33 ft. 7 1/4 in.
Length: 43 ft. 4 3/4 in.
Height: 14 ft. 3 3/4 in.
Wing Area: 325.0 sq ft
F-84F Thunderstreak HistoryRepublic Aviation jumped into the jet age with the development of the P-84 "Thunder" Jet series (which kept with the "Thunder" naming theme that brought fame to Republic beginning with the Thunderbolt of WWII). The original series of aircraft had straight wings (XP-84, YP-84, XP-84A, P-84B, P84C which was later changed to F84C, D, E, and G). The first swept wing version was a modified F-84E fuselage which was designated the YF-84F. The production version was designated the F-84F Thunderstreak.
The F-84 series of aircraft made large contributions to military aviation during the 1950’s participating in numerous testing programs. One such program is the FICON program as shown below. The goal was to have the short range fighters carried by long range bombers for protection. The fighters could be released for combat and later "retrieved".
Our F-84F Thunderstreak 52-6475 was built by Republic Aviation on September 13, 1954 and served with the following units:
1955: 401st Fighter/Bomber Group (TAC) England AFB, LA
1957: 366th Fighter/Bomber Group (TAC) England AFB, LA
1957: 147th Fighter/Interceptor Squadron (ANG) PA
1958: 163rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (ANG) Baer Field IN
1961: 163rd fighter squadron assigned to US Air Forces Europe, Chambley Air Base France in response to the "Berlin Crisis" as the Soviet Union isolated East Germany and began to build the Berlin Wall.
1963: 366th Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC)Holloman AFB NM
1963: 192nd Tactical Fighter Group (ANG) Byrd Field VA
1969: 178th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG) Springfield IL
1970: 149th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG) Kelly AFB TX
1970: Dropped from the inventory and transferred to the US Navy at China Lake NAS for weapons testing.
1997: Recovered by the Pacific Coast Air Museum
2004: Restored and placed on display at Pacific Coast Air Museum