Republic F-84

Overview

The development of the F-84 Thunderjet by the Republic Aviation Corporation began in 1944 as a jet-engined successor to the illustrious Thunderbolt.  Of the 7833 F-84s built between 1947 and 1957, the F-84G was produced in the greatest numbers (3,025).  

The F-84 was the platform for a great deal of technological innovation.  It was the first single-seat aircraft to be fitted with probe and drogue air-to-air refuelling equipment and the first to be able to deliver nuclear weapons.  

Development of a swept-wing version began in 1949 and after initial setbacks emerged as the F-84F Thunderstreak fighter-bomber and RF-84F Thunderflash photographic reconnaissance aircraft.  Each in its way proved to be a successful adaptation of the original straight-wing design and 2713 F-84Fs and 715 RF-84Fs were built.  The F-84 was operated by the USAF from 1947 until 1964, and continued in Air National Guard service until 1971.  It also had a long and distinguished career with many NATO air forces.  Workhorses rather than thoroughbreds, the ‘Hog’ and ‘Super Hog’- as the Thunderjet and Thunderstreak/Thunderflash were affectionately known - appeared at a time when a proven jet fighter design was urgently needed and acquitted themselves with distinction for over 20 years.

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