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Republic RF-84F
Republic RF-84F-5-RE (S/N 51-1844). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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(Fairchild Republic) The first of the modern jets to be designed specifically for photo-reconnaissance, the Thunderflash was the first reconnaissance airplane equipped with a combination of standard aerial cameras and dicing camera for close-up photos of individual targets. It was also the first fighter-type aircraft to be equipped with the Tri-Metrogon camera which could take horizon-to-horizon pictures. Unlike the Thunderstreak, the Thunderflash had its air-intake ducts located in the wing roots rather than the nose, which was elongated and enclosed to permit installation of a sweeping variety of camera and electronic equipment. It was the first reconnaissance fighter to have a camera control system and a viewfinder for the pilot, who also acted as the cameraman. The aircraft was first tested in February 1952, and 715 of the aircraft were produced.

Type Number built/
YRF-84F 1 S/N 51-1826
RF-84F 715 Reconnaissance fighter

Armament: Four .50-cal. machine guns mounted in the wings
Engine: Wright "Sapphire" J-65-W-7 of 7,800 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 629 mph
Cruising speed: 542 mph
Range: 2,000 miles
Service ceiling: 39,390 ft.
Span: 33 ft. 6 in.
Length: 47 ft. 6 in.
Height: 15 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 25,390 lbs. maximum takeoff
Crew: One

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