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.
Service test aircraft
99 A models canceled
First production model
Improved B model
Improved C model
Improved D model
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