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REPUBLIC F-84

Posted 2/11/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Republic XF-84 (S/N 45-59475). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-84, the USAF's first post-war fighter, made its initial flight on Feb. 26, 1946. It began rolling off the production lines in June 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1953, approximately 4,450 "straight-wing" F-84s (in contrast to the swept-wing F-84F) had been built. In addition to being used by the USAF, many were supplied to allied nations participating in the Mutual Security Program. During its service life, the F-84 became the first USAF jet fighter able to carry a tactical atomic weapon.

The airplane gained its greatest renown during the Korean War where it was used primarily for low-level interdiction missions. Almost daily, the F-84 attacked enemy railroads, bridges, supply depots and troop concentrations with bombs, rockets and napalm.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-84E on display.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XF-84 3 Prototype aircraft
YF-84A 15 Service test aircraft
F-84A 0 99 A models canceled
F-84B 226 First production model
F-84C 191 Improved B model
F-84D 154 Improved C model
F-84E 843 Improved D model
F-84G 3,025 1,936 to NATO


TECHNICAL NOTES (F-84E):
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and eight 5 in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs or napalm tanks
Engines: Allison J35 of 4,900 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 620 mph
Cruising speed: 485 mph
Range: 1,485 miles
Service ceiling: 43,240 ft.
Span: 36 ft. 5 in.
Length: 38 ft. 6 in.
Height: 12 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 15,227 lbs. loaded
Crew: One

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