National Museum of the USAF   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

Home > Fact Sheets > Republic F-84E Thunderjet

REPUBLIC F-84E THUNDERJET

Posted 4/21/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
 
Photos
Previous ImageNext Image
Republic F-84
DAYTON, Ohio -- Republic F-84 Thunderjet at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Download HiRes

The rugged F-84 Thunderjet gained its greated renown during the Korean War. Initially sent to escort B-29s on long-range missions over North Korea, the Thunderjet excelled as a close air support and daytime interdiction strike aircraft. In Korea, F-84 pilots attacked enemy railroads, dams, bridges, supply depots and troop concentrations with bombs, rockets and napalm.

The Thunderjet became the Army Air Forces' second jet fighter to enter large-scale production, and it first flew flight in February 1946. Early F-84s had several problems, including weak wing spars, excessive weight and shortages of engines and spare parts. The F-84E, however, corrected most of the Thunderjet's shortcomings.

During its service life, the Thunderjet served in several roles, including day fighter, long-range escort fighter, fighter-bomber and as the USAF's first tactical nuclear bomber. The USAF also supplied F-84s to 14 other countries.

The basic "straight-wing" F-84 design later evolved into a swept-wing fighter version called the Thunderstreak and a swept-wing reconnaissance version called the Thunderflash. F-84s were also used as test-beds for experiments, including power plant trials and aerodynamic research.

By the time production ceased in 1953, about 4,450 "straight-wing" Thunderjets (XP-84, YP-84A, F-84B/C/D/E/G) had been built. The F-84E on display came to the museum in 1963. It is marked to represent the F-84G flown by Col. Joseph Davis Jr., commander of the 58th Fighter-Bomber Wing in 1953.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament:
Six .50-cal. machine guns and eight 5-in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs, or napalm tanks
Engine: Allison J35 of 4,900 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 620 mph
Range: 1,485 miles
Ceiling: 43,240 ft.
Span: 36 ft. 5 in.
Length: 38 ft. 6 in.
Height: 12 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 15,227 lbs. loaded 
Serial number: 50-1143

Click here to learn more about the Republic F-84.

Click here to return to the Korean War Gallery.







 Inside the Museum

ima cornerSearch

ima cornerAircraft

 


tabCategories
tabRelated Links
tabConnect

Museum Virtual TourMuseum Facebook PageMuseum Twitter PageMuseum Google Plus PageMuseum Pinterest Page
Museum YouTube ChannelMuseum Flickr PageMuseum PodcastsMuseum E-newsletter Sign-upMuseum RSS Feeds



Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act