F-84F Thunderstreak History
Republic 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
F-84F Thunderstreak Specifications
43 ft 4.75 in (13.23 m)
33 ft 7.25 in (10.25 m)
14 ft 4.75 in (4.39 m)
325 sq ft (30 sq m)
13,830lb (5,200 kg)
Max. takeoff weight
28,000 lb (12,701 kg)
695 mph (604 knots, 1,119 km/h, Mach .91) at sea level
810 mi (704 nmi, 1,304 km) combat radius with two droptanks
46,000 ft (14,000 m)
Rate of climb
8,200 ft/min (42 m/s)
One Wright J65-W-3 turbojet of 7,220 lbs thrust
Fixed: Six 50 Calibre M-3 guns with 1,800 rounds of ammunition.
Disposable: Bombs/Rockets on external hardpoints. Mk. 6 Nuclear stores.