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Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Republic F-84F
Republic F-84F-25-RE (S/N 51-1747) of the 162nd Tactical Fighter Squadron during Operation "Punchcard IV." Note the open drag chute door -- the chute was lost during flight (accidentally deployed!). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-wing F-84. The prototype first flew on June 3, 1950, and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter bomber.

Republic built 2,112 -Fs while General Motors fabricated an additional 599. Of these, 1,301 were delivered to NATO air forces. Production of a reconnaissance version, the RF-84F totaled 715 aircraft, including 386 for allied countries. The RF-84F featured engine air intakes at the wing roots plus cameras in the nose.

F-84Fs gradually were replaced by supersonic F-100s in the late 1950s and were turned over to Air National Guard units; however, some F-84Fs were called back to temporary USAF service in the early 1960s due to the Berlin Crisis.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-84F on display in its Cold War Gallery.

Type Number built/
XF-84F 1 F-84E with sweptback wing and tail; from YF-96A
XF-84F 2 Improved prototype; enlarged fuselage; Wright J65
F-84F 2,711 Swept-wing version

Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and 24 5-in. rockets; 6,000 lbs. of bombs externally
Engine: Wright J65-W-3 of 7,220 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 685 mph
Cruising speed: 535 mph
Range: 1,900 mi.
Service ceiling: 44,450 ft.
Span: 33 ft. 7 in.
Length: 43 ft. 5 in.
Height: 15 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 27,000 lbs. maximum
Crew: One

Click here to view Republic's press releases about USAF fighter-bombers and mass production of F-84s.

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