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HISTORY

  • In 1944 the Army Air Forces asked for proposals to build a fighter-bomber with a top speed of 600 mph. The design team at Republic Aviation considered modifying a P-47 airframe to accept a jet engine in hopes of winning the contract. This plan was discarded in favor of an all-new, straight-wing, single-seat fighter-bomber designed around an axial flow turbojet. The resulting aircraft, designated XP-84, flew for the first time on February 28, 1946 from Muroc Army Air Field (later Edwards Air Force Base). The following September, the second prototype set a U.S. speed record of 611 mph.
  • When the Air Force became a separate service in October of 1947, the "P" (for pursuit) designation was replaced by "F" (for fighter) and the new fighter-bomber became the F-84 Thunderjet. The first production version, the F-84B, featured an air-conditioned cockpit and an ejection seat. Some 226 "B" models were built. They were plagued by structural problems and, as a result, had a short operational life.
  • The last "B" model Thunderjets were retired by the Air National Guard in 1952. Later versions of the F-84 did yeoman work as ground attack aircraft in Korea. The Thunderjet was also the first mount of the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team.

 

DISTINCTION

  • The Museum’s F-84B was among the first production batch of the straight-wing 'Thunderjets.'

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Republic Aviation
Year: 1946
Model: F-84B Thunderjet
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Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 19,698 lb.
Span: 36 ft. 5 in.
Length: 37 ft. 5 in.
Height: 12 ft. 0 in.
Maximum Speed: 587 mph
Cruise Speed: 460 mph
Rate of Climb: 2,805 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x Allison J35-A-15C turbojet engine, 4,000 lbs. thrust
Range: 1,450 mi
Service Ceiling: 43,000 ft.
Armament: Four 0.50-cal. machine guns

 

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