Republic F-84F Thunderstreak (26541)
NAHR category - Significant
The F-84F Thunderstreak was derived from the earlier F-84C Thunderjet which saw action during the Korean war. The F-84F was design as a single-seat tactical fighter-bomber and featured a sharply-swept wing, all-moving tail plane and a wide-track undercarriage enabling the aircraft to operate safely from unprepared or semi-prepared airstrips close to the frontline. A total of 2,711 Thunderstreaks were produced at Republic's plant at Farmingdale, New York between 1952 and 1957. Of these 1,310 were supplied to NATO air forces in Europe under the terms of the Mutual Defence Aid Pact (MDAP) scheme.
The F-86F had a Wright J-65-W3 turbojet engine producing 7,220lbs of static thrust and a maximum speed of 696mph (Mach .91) at sea level. It also had a radar-ranging A4 gunsight and an internal armament of six .5in (12.7mm) Colt-Browning M-3 machine guns and could carry twenty-two different combinations of weapons and drop tanks externally up to a total weight of 6,000lbs (approx 3 tonnes). This included rockets, napalm and nuclear or conventional (high explosive bombs). The standard combat radius was between 450-810 miles with a ferry range of up to 2,140 miles.
Our F-84F was delivered to the USAF as 52-6541 on 23rd August 1954. It served with the following units :-
NOTE : In 1996 the remaining F84F's in storage in Greece were finally scrapped under the terms of the CFE treaty agreement as they were still considered to be a threat to world peace!