Republic F-84 Thunderjet
The F-84, the USAF's first post-war fighter, made its initial flight on February 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 Conflict 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.
|General characteristics F-84E|
|Power plant||One Allison J35-A-17 turbofan|
|Thrust||4,900 lb||21.8 kN|
|Max. speed||613 mph||986 km/h|
|Initial climb rate||6,063 ft/min||1,848 m/min|
|Ceiling||43,240 ft||13,180 m|
|Range||normal||1,485 miles||2,390 km|
|maximum||1,950 miles||3,137 km|
|Max. takeoff weight||22,455 lb||10,185 kg|
|Wingspan||36.4 ft||11.10 m|
|Length||37.43 ft||11.41 m|
|Height||12.8 ft||3.91 m|
|Armament||Six .50-cal. machine guns and eight 5 in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs or napalm tanks|
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