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May 1976

  • Thunder-Maker, Republic’s F-84 Jack of all Trades
  • SkyBolt, a look at the P-38’s twin-engined competition
  • The Making of the Mustang, narrative from a P-51 ace

June 1976

  • Thunder-Maker, concluding the F-84 story
  • Cry Havoc! The Douglas A-20
  • The Making of the Mustang, mating the Rolls Royce Merlin to the P-51

March 1984

  • Thunder Over Korea, F-84 tactical champ of the Korean war
  • Duel Over Dover, two of WWII’s greatest aerial tacticians meet in combat
  • Straight Up! The Ryan X-13 proved the VTOL concept

September 1986

  • Thunderceptor, the XF-91 rocket-powered heavy fighter
  • Hurricane, the R.A.F.’s first monoplane fighter

October 1993

  • Rolling Thunder, thirty years of the Republic F-84
  • In the Lair of the Eagle/Lion, Sweden’s supersonic delta-winged fighter
  • Project Zero, the vertical-takeoff rocket-powered F-84

April 2004

  • F-84 Crashes
  • Tex Johnson, the test pilot’s test pilot
  • Downtown in Minutes, age of the passenger helicopters
  • Light Twins of World War II, unsung heroes

May 2005

  • The Trio that Tried: Lockheed XF-90, Republic XF-91, Convair XF-92
  • Chained Lightning, the Lockheed XP-58
  • Promoting The Faith: Aerospace PR answering the public

June 2005

  • The Hybrids, turbojets combined with trusty propellers
  • On Top of Old Smokey, jet-assisted take off aircraft
  • Crowding the Box, the story of Jack Leynnwood
  • Taming the Widow, the powerful P-61 Black Widow

October 2005

  • Good, Better, Best: anemic straight-wings to powerful swept-wings
  • Starlifter! The Lockheed C-141’s star-studded career
  • Clipper Connection, the ultimate ‘then-and-now’ look at Pan Am’s Miami Clipper base

Manuals & Photos

  • F-84B/C/D Flight Handbook, 1948
  • F-84F Flight Handbook, 1954
  • RF-84F Flight Manual, 1966
  • F-84G Flight Handbook, 1952
  • P-84 Pilot’s Handbook, 1947
  • Over 420 F-84 photos

Republic F-84 Thunderjet Series

General Characteristics


  • Crew: one
  • Length: 38 ft 1 in (11.60 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 5 in (11.10 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
  • Wing area: 260 ft² (24 m²)
  • Empty weight: 11,470 lb (5,200 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 18,080 lb (8,200 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 23,340 lb (10,590 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Allison J35-A-29 turbojet, 5,560 lbf (24.7 kN)


  • Maximum speed: 622 mph (540 kn, 1,000 km/h,Mach .81)
  • Cruise speed: 475 mph (413 kn, 770 km/h)
  • Range: 1,000 mi (870 nmi, 1,600 km) combat
  • Ferry range: 2,000 mi (1,700 nmi, 3,200 km) with external tanks
  • Service ceiling: 40,500 ft (12,350 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3,765 ft/min (19.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 70 lb/ft² (342 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.31 lbf/lb


  • 6 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns, 300 rpg
  • Up to 4,450 lb (2,020 kg) of rockets and bombs, including 1 × Mark 7 nuclear bomb


  • A-1CM or A-4 gunsight with APG-30 or MK-18 ranging radar


The first two prototypes.
The third prototype with a more powerful J35-GE-15 engine. This airframe was subsequently modified with a pointed fairing over the intake and lateral NACA intakes were installed into the intake trunks.
Service test aircraft; 15 built.
P-84B (F-84B)
First production version, J35-A-15 engine; 226 built.
Reverted to the more reliable J35-A-13 engine, improved fuel, hydraulic and electrical systems; 191 built.
J35-A-17 engine, various structural improvements. The pitot tube was moved from the tail fin to the splitter in the air intake with fins added to the wingtip fuel tanks; 154 built.
Two F-84Ds, EF-84D 48-641 and EF-84D 48-661 were modified with coupling devices; 641 starboard wing, 661 port wing for “Tip-Tow Project MX106 Wing Coupling Experiments.” An EB-29A 44-62093 was modified with coupling devices on both wings. Because of the difference in landing gear lengths, the three aircraft took off separately and couple/uncoupled in flight. The pilot of 641 was Major John M. Davis and the pilot of 661 was Major C.E. “Bud” Anderson.
“One of the more interesting experiments undertaken to extend the range of the early jets in order to give fighter protection to the piston-engine bombers, was the provision for inflight attachment/detachment of fighter to bomber via wingtip connections. One of the several programs during these experiments was done with a B-29 mother ship and two F-84D ‘children’, and was code named ‘Tip Tow’. A number of flights were undertaken, with several successful cycles of attachment and detachment, using, first one, and then two F-84s. The pilots of the F-84s maintained manual control when attached, with roll axis maintained by elevator movement rather than aileron movement. Engines on the F-84s were shut down in order to save fuel during the ‘tow’ by the mother ship, and inflight engine restarts were successfully accomplished. The experiment ended in disaster during the first attempt to provide automatic flight control of the F-84s, when the electronics apparently malfunctioned. The left hand F-84 rolled onto the wing of the B-29, and the connected aircraft both crashed with loss of all on board personnel (Anderson had uncoupled so did not crash with the other two aircraft).”
J35-A-17D engine, Sperry AN/APG-30 radar-ranging gunsight, retractable attachments for RATO bottles, inboard wing hardpoints made “wet” to permit carrying an additional pair of 230 U.S. gal (870 L) fuel tanks. Most aircraft were retrofitted with F-84G-style reinforced canopies. The fuselage was stretched 15″; the canopy was lengthened 8″, the canopy frame was lengthened 12″ (accounting for another 4″), and a 3″ splice panel was added aft of the canopy. The stretch was not done to enlarge the cockpit but rather to enable a larger fuel tank, provide additional space for equipment under the canopy behind the pilot’s seat, and to improve aerodynamics. This can be distinguished from earlier models by the presence of two fuel vents on ventral rear fuselage, the added radar in the nose splitter, and the pitot tube was moved downward from mid-height in the splitter (as on the F-84D) to clear the radar installation. 843 built. F-84E 49-2031 was a test aircraft for air-to-air missiles. F-84E 50-1115 was a test aircraft for the FICON project.
Two F-84Es were converted into test prototypes, to test various methods of air-to-air refueling. EF-84E 49-2091 was used as a probe-and-drogue test aircraft. The probe was mid-span on the port wing. Production aircraft with probes (removable) had the probe fitted to the auxiliary wing tanks. EF-84E 49-2115 was used as a FICON test aircraft with a B-36 host. EF-84E 49-1225 and EF-84E 51-634 were test aircraft for the ZELMAL (Zero-length launch, Mat landing) experiments version for point defense, used the booster rocket from MGM-1 Matador cruise missile.
Single-seat fighter-bomber capable of delivering the Mark 7 nuclear bomb using the LABS, J35-A-29 engine, autopilot, capable of inflight refueling using both the boom (receptacle in left wing leading edge) and drogue (probe fitted to wingtip fuel tanks), introduced the multi-framed canopy which was later retrofitted to earlier straight-winged F-84s. A total of 3,025 were built (1,936 for NATO under MDAP). The larger engine had a higher airflow at its take-off thrust than the intake had been designed for. This caused higher flow velocities, increased pressure losses and thrust loss. Commencing with block 20, auxiliary “suck-in” doors were added ahead of the wing leading edge to regain some of the thrust loss. At high engine rpm and low aircraft speeds, such as take-off, the spring-loaded doors were sucked open by the partial vacuum created in the duct. When the aircraft reached sufficient airspeed the ram pressure rise in the duct closed the auxiliary doors. F-84G 51-1343 was modified with a periscope system to test the periscope installation proposed for the Republic XF-103.
Eighty ex-USAF F-84Bs converted into target drones for the United States Navy.
F-84G Thunderjets converted by France and Yugoslavia for recon duty with cameras in the ventral fuselage and modified auxiliary wing tanks.
YF-96A aka YF-84F aka YRF-84K
F-84E 49-2430 converted to swept wing configuration. The “first prototype” for the F-84F Thunderstreak. Canopy and ventral speed brake carried over from Thunderjet. Originally with a V-windscreen, later reverted to the standard Thunderjet flat windscreen. Modified by adding a fixed hook at the weapons bay and anhedral horizontal tailplane to enable FICON tests (trapeze capture) with GRB-36D mother ship. The airframe was capable of higher speeds than the Thunderjet engine could deliver. The YF-84F was a follow on with a larger engine and deepened fuselage.
F-84G 51-1344 converted to swept wing configuration. The “second prototype” for the F-84F Thunderstreak. Fuselage deepened by 7 inches (180 mm) to accommodate larger engine. Canopy and ventral speed brake carried over from Thunderjet, tail configuration same as YF-96A.
YF-84F aka YRF-84F
F-84G 51-1345 converted to swept wing configuration with a pointed nose and lateral intakes. This was a test airframe to evaluate the effects of moving the intakes to the wing roots. Like 1344, the fuselage was deepened by 7 inches (180 mm) to accommodate larger engine. Canopy and ventral speed brake carried over from Thunderjet, tail configuration same as YF-96A. For the swept wing versions of the F-84 series, see Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
See EF-84D above, did not become operational. See FICON project
Two RF-84K and B-36 wingtip coupling experiment, did not become operational. See FICON project
F-84E and GRB-36D trapeze system, became operational. See FICON project
Two swept-wing prototypes of the F-84F, initially designated YF-96A.
F-84F Thunderstreak
Swept wing version with Wright J65 engine.
RF-84F Thunderflash
Reconnaissance version of the F-84F, 715 built.
RF-84K FICON project
Reconnaissance version of the F model, 25 built to hang from the Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker.
XF-84H Thunderscreech
Experimental supersonic-turboprop version.
Two conversions with the General Electric J73 engine.

On Display


  • 10676 Ex-USAF – Rijeka Airport, Omišalj.


  • 51-9966/KR-A – Aalborg Defence and Garrison Museum, Aalborg
  • 51-10622/KU-U – Aalborg Defence and Garrison Museum
  • A-777/SY-H – Danmarks Tekniske Museum, Helsingør
  • KP-X – Danish Collection of Vintage Aircraft, Skjern
  • C-581 – Flyvestation Karup Historiske Forening Museet, Karup
  • C-264 – Danish Collection of Vintage Aircraft, Skjern


  • K-171 – Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg.


  • 51-10161 – Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola, Stavanger Airport, Sola, near Stavanger.
  • 51-11209 – Forsvarets flysamling Gardermoen, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen near Oslo.
  • 52-8465 – Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum, Bodø
  • 51-17047 – Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum, Bodø


  • 10501 – Ex-USAF 52-2936, c/n 3050-1855B Yugoslav Aeronautical Museum, Nikola Tesla Airport, Belgrade.
  • 10525 – Ex-USAF 52-2939, c/n 3050-1858B Yugoslav Aeronautical Museum, Nikola Tesla Airport, Belgrade.
  • 10530 – Ex-USAF 52-8435, c/n 3250-2260B Yugoslav Aeronautical Museum, Nikola Tesla Airport, Belgrade.


  • 10642 Ex-USAF 52-2910, c/n 3050-1829B – Pivka Military History Park, Pivka.


  • 51-10582 Ex-USAF and retired Royal Thai Air Force fighter in Royal Thai Air Force Museum


  • 10572 – Istanbul Aviation Museum.
  • 19953 – Atatürk Airport, ?stanbul.
  • 1901 – Istanbul Aviation Museum.
  • 1917 – Istanbul Aviation Museum.

United States

  • 45-59494 – Discovery Park of America, Union City, Tennessee. Formerly at Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois.
  • 45-59504 – Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York.
  • 45-59556 – Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.
  • 46-0666 – Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  • 47-1433 – Pima Air and Space Museum, adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 47-1486 – Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 47-1498 – EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
  • 47-1513 – Kansas Aviation Museum at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.
  • 47-1530 – Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
  • 47-1562 – Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.
  • 47-1595 – March Field Air Museum at March Air Reserve Base (former March Air Force Base) in Riverside, California.
  • 49-2155 – Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California
  • 49-2285 – Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas.
  • 49-2348 – American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, New York.
  • 50-1143 – National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It was obtained from Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, in October 1963.
  • 51-0604 – Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
  • 51-0791 – Springfield Air National Guard Base, Springfield, Ohio.
  • 51-11126 – under restoration to airworthiness by a Vulcan Warbirds Inc. for the Flying Heritage Collection in Seattle, Washington.
  • 52-3242 – Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
  • 52-8365 – under restoration to airworthiness by a private owner in Edmonds, Washington.

General Characteristics


  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 43 ft 4¾ in (13.23 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 7¼ in (10.25 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 4¾ in (4.39 m)
  • Wing area: 325 ft² (30 m²)
  • Empty weight: 13,830lb (5,200 kg)
  • Loaded weight: lb (kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 28,000 lb (12,701 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-3 turbojet, 7,220 lbf (32.2 kN)


  • Maximum speed: 695 mph (604 knots, 1,119 km/h, Mach .91) at sea level
  • Range: 810 mi (704 nmi, 1,304 km) combat radius with two droptanks
  • Service ceiling: 46,000 ft (14,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 8,200 ft/min (42 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 86 lb/ft² (423 kg/m²)


  • 6× .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M3 machine guns,
  • Up to 6,000lb (2,727 kg) of rockets and bombs, including one Mark 7 nuclear bomb


  • A-1CM or A-4 gunsight with APG-30 or MK-18 ranging radar

Communications Equipment

  • AN/ARC-33 or 34 command set radio
  • AN/APX-6 or 6A IFF set
  • AN/AR-6 radio compass
  • AN/APW-11 or 11A radar set
  • AN/APN-21 TACAN set


Two swept-wing prototypes of the F-84F, initially designated YF-96.
F-84F Thunderstreak
Swept wing version with Wright J65 engine. Tactical Air Command aircraft were equipped with Low-Altitude Bombing System (LABS) for delivering nuclear bombs. 2,711 built, 1,301 went to NATO under Mutual Defense Assistance Program (MDAP).
25 RF-84Fs were converted to be carried, and launched from the bomb bay of a GRB-36F bomber as part of the FICON project. The aircraft were later redesignated RF-84K.
RF-84F Thunderflash
Reconnaissance version of the F-84F, 715 built.
RF-84K Thunderflash (FICON)
RF-84F with a retractable probe for hookup with carrier GRB-36Ds and tailplanes with marked anhedral, 25 redesignated from RF-84F.
Two F-84Fs were converted into experimental aircraft. Each was fitted with an Allison XT40-A-1 turboprop engine of 5,850 shaft horsepower (4,365 kW) driving a supersonic propeller. Ground crews dubbed the XF-84H the Thunderscreech due to its extreme noise output.
Two F-84Fs were converted into YF-84J prototypes with enlarged nose intakes and a deepened fuselages for the General Electric J73 engine; the YF-84J reached Mach 1.09 in level flight on 7 April 1954.[1] The project was cancelled due to the excessive cost of converting existent F-84Fs.

On Display


  • Unknown – Balen-Keiheuvel Aerodrome
  • Unknown – Beverlo Air Base
RF-84F Thunderflash
  • 51-1945 – FR28, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels


  • Unknown – Musée de l’air et de l’espace


F-84F Thunderstreak
  • tactical number BF-106 – Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow – Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
  • tactical number DD-313 – Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow – Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
  • tactical number DE 254 (s.n.51-1702) – Flugausstellung Peter Junior, Hermeskeil
  • tactical number BF 105 (s.n.52-6778) – Flugausstellung Peter Junior, Hermeskeil
RF-84F Thunderflash
  • tactical number EB-344 – Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow – Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
  • tactical number EA 241 (s.n.52-7663) – Flugausstellung Peter Junior, Hermeskeil


F-84F Thunderstreak
  • tactical number 26-595 – Hellenic Air Force Museum (?)
RF-84F Thunderflash
  • tactical number 17-011 (s/n 51-17011 – ex-Luftwaffe) – Hellenic Air Force Museum (?)


  • 53-6892 – Italian Air Force Museum, Vigna di Valle near Rome.
RF-84F Thunderflash
  • 52-7458 – Italian Air Force Museum, Vigna di Valle near Rome.
  • 52-7456 – private display of P.i.p. Lido, Via Roma Destra, 30016 Venice, Italy (coordinates 45.505538, 12.627090)


  • P-134 – in storage at ROCvA Airport College, Hoofddorp.
  • P-226 – (53-6612) on display at Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg.
  • P-254 – in storage at Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg.
  • TP-19 – in storage at Nationaal Militair Museum, Soesterberg.


RF-84F Thunderflash
  • 51-7055 – T3-H, Under restoration to original bare aluminum scheme, Air Force Training Center, Kjevik.
  • 51-17045 – AZ-N, Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola, Stavanger Airport, Sola, near Stavanger.
  • 51-17047 – AZ-A, Norwegian Aviation Museum, Bodø
  • 51-17053 – AZ-G, Forsvarets flysamling Gardermoen, Oslo Airport, Gardermoen near Oslo.
  • 52-8723 – AZ-X, Sandefjord Airport, Torp, near Sandefjord.


  • 52-7157 (Ex-Belgium) – Polish Aviation Museum, Kraków.


  • ?-3033 (Ex-Belgium) – Technical Museum, Moscow.


  • 51-1901 – Istanbul Aviation Museum.
  • 52-8733 – Istanbul Aviation Museum.
  • 52-8941 – Atatürk Airport, ?stanbul.

United Kingdom

  • 52-6541 – North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland.

United States


  • 49-2430 – National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Unknown – On roadside display (private owner) in Blacksville, West Virginia.
  • 51-1386 – Barksdale Global Power Museum, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  • 51-1620 – Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, New York.
  • 51-1639 – Springfield Downtown Airport, Springfield, Missouri.
  • 51-1640 – Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, Utah.
  • 51-1713 – Delta County Airport in Escanaba, Michigan.
  • 51-1714 – Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.
  • 51-1739 – Korean War memorial South Whitley, Indiana
  • 51-1772 – Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan, California.
  • 51-1786 – Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, Virginia.
  • 51-1797 – Ohio ANG Base in Springfield, Ohio.
  • 51-1817 – Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • 51-1818 – Fairfield MAP in Iowa.
  • 51-1822 – Illinois ANG Base in Springfield, Illinois.
  • 51-9350 – Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, California.
  • 51-9396 – Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
  • 51-9430 – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. False markings of 52-7066 applied.
  • 51-9432 – March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
  • 51-9433 – Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.
  • 51-9444 – Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • 51-9451 – Wilson Park in Granite City, IL.
  • 51-9480 – American Airpower Museum, East Farmingdale, New York
  • 51-9495 – Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, Florida.
  • 51-9501 – Yankee Air Museum, Belleville, Michigan.
  • 51-9514 – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
  • 51-9522 – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.
  • 51-9531 – Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California. Formerly at Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum in Rantoul, Illinois.
  • 52-6438 – Georgia Veterans State Park in Cordele, Georgia.
  • 52-6455 – American Legion post #490, Houston, Texas.
  • 52-6456 – Veterans of Foreign Wars post #6791, West Chicago, Illinois.
  • 52-6461 – Lackland AFB, Texas.
  • 52-6470 – Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
  • 52-6497 – Iowa Gold Star Museum in Johnston, Iowa.
  • 52-6526 – National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 52-6553 – Window on the Plains Museum in Dumas, Texas.
  • 52-6555 – Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
  • 52-6563 – Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 52-6634 – Defense Supply Center Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 52-6701 – Museum of Aviation, Robins AFB, Georgia.
  • 52-6782 – Luke AFB, Arizona.
  • 52-6993 – Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum near Millville, Indiana.
  • 52-7019 – Cheyenne Municipal Airport in Wyoming.
  • 52-7080 – England AFB, Louisiana.
  • 52-8837 – Richmond Airport, Virginia.
  • 52-8886 – South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
RF-84F Thunderflash
  • 51-1944 – Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 51-11259 – Lincoln Air National Guard Base, Nebraska.
  • 51-17046 – Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB, Utah, (Nose section only)
  • 52-7249 – Dannelly Field ANG Collection, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 52-7259 – National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 52-7265 – Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.
  • 52-7409 – Birmingham ANGB, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 52-7421 – Yankee Air Museum, Belleville, Michigan.
  • 53-7595 – American Airpower Museum, East Farmingdale, New York.

General Characteristics


  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 51 ft 5 in (15.67 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 5 in (10.18 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
  • Wing area: 30.75 m ()
  • Empty weight: 17,892 lb (8,132 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 27,046 lb (12,293 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Allison XT40-A-1 turboprop, 5,850 hp (4,365 kw)


  • Maximum speed: 520 mph (837 km/h)
  • Range: >2,000 mi (3,200 km)
  • Service ceiling: >40,000 ft (14,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 5,000 ft/min (1,520 m/min)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.66

General Characteristics


  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 43 ft 3 in (9.52 m)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 3 in (13.18 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 1 in (5.51 m)
  • Wing area: 320 ft² (29.73 m²)
  • Empty weight: 14,140 lb (6,410 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 18,600 lb (8,400 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 28,300 lb (12,840 kg)
  • Powerplant:
    • 1 × General Electric J47-GE-7 (later GE-17) axial-flow turbojet, 5,200 lbf (30,6 kN); 6,900 lbf with afterburning
    • 4 × Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-9 rocket, 1,500 lbf (7 kN) each


  • Maximum speed: 984 mph (1,584 km/h)
  • Range: 1,170 mi (1,880 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 to 55,000 ft (15,200 to 16,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 47,500 ft in 2.5 minutes (14,500 m)
  • Wing loading: 58.12 lb/ft² (283 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight (jet): 0.60


  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) cannon

On Display

The surviving prototype, 46-0680, is exhibited in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio

Great Fighting Planes – Republic F-84 Thunderjet

The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) proposal for a “day fighter”, the F-84 first flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948 U.S. Air Force review declared it unable to execute any aspect of its intended mission and considered canceling the program. The aircraft was not considered fully operational until the 1949 F-84D model and the design matured only with the definitive F-84G introduced in 1951. In 1954, the straight-wing Thunderjet was joined by the swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreak fighter and RF-84F Thunderflash photo reconnaissance aircraft.

The Thunderjet became the USAF’s primary strike aircraft during the Korean War, flying 86,408 sorties and destroying 60% of all ground targets in the war as well as eight Soviet-built MiG fighters. Over half of the 7,524 F-84s produced served with NATO nations, and it was the first aircraft to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team. The USAF Strategic Air Command had F-84 Thunderjets in service from 1948 through 1957.

The F-84 was the first production fighter aircraft to utilize inflight refueling and the first fighter capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, the Mark 7 nuclear bomb. Modified F-84s were used in several unusual projects, including the FICON and Tom-Tom dockings to the B-29 Superfortress and B-36 bomber motherships, and the experimental XF-84H Thunderscreech turboprop.

The F-84 nomenclature can be somewhat confusing. The straight-wing F-84A to F-84E and F-84G models were called the Thunderjet. The F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash were different airplanes with swept wings. The XF-84H Thunderscreech (not its official name) was an experimental turboprop version of the F-84F. The F-84F swept wing version was intended to be a small variation of the normal Thunderjet with only a few different parts, so it kept the basic F-84 number. Production delays on the F-84F resulted in another order of the straight-wing version; this was the F-84G.