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Our F-84F Jet Airplane

Our Past Commanders 2016

Our F-84F Information & History

The Day Our F-84F Arrived At Post 490 in October 1972: 

Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak"

S/N: 52-6455 (F-84F-35-RE)

The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-wing F-84.   The prototype first flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the Tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter bomber.   It was the first USAF jet fighter able to carry atomic weapons, and was used by the Strategic Air Command to escort their heavy weapons.   Republic built 2,112 F-84Fs while General Motors fabricated an additional 599.   Of these, 1,301 were delivered to NATO air forces.   Production of a reconnaissance version, the RF-84F, totaled 715 aircraft, including 386 for allied countries.   The RF- 84F featured engine air intakes at the wing roots plus cameras in the nose.   F-84Fs gradually were replaced by supersonic F-100s in the late 1950s and were turned over to Air National Guard units.   However, some F-84Fs were called back to temporary USAF service in the early 1960s due to the Berlin Crisis.

SPECIFICATIONS

 Span: 33 ft. 7 in.  Length: 43 ft. 5 in.  Height: 15 ft. 0 in.  Weight: 27,000 lbs. max.  Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and 24 five inch rockets; 6,000 lbs. of bombs externally  Engine: Wright J65-W-3 of 7,220 lbs. thrust  Crew: One  Cost: $769,000  Number Built: 2,711

PERFORMANCE

 Maximum speed: 685 mph  Cruising speed: 535 mph  Range: 1,900 miles  Service Ceiling: 44,450 ft. 

History of our F-84F, S/N 52-6455 

 July 23, 1954   Delivered to the USAF by manufacturer Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, New York  July 1954    Assigned to 405th Fighter-Bomber Wing (Tactical Air Command), Langley AFB, California, and RAF, Burtonwood, UK  December 1956    Assigned to 3600th Combat Crew Training Wing (Air Training Command), Luke AFB, Arizona  September 1957    Moved to Mobile Air Material Area, Alabama  February 1958    Assigned to 113th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Air National Guard), Hulman Field, Indiana  December 1958    Unit became 113th Tactical Fighter Squadron  October 1961    Unit assigned to Tactical Air Command  July 1962    Assigned to 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing (Tactical Air Command), Hulman Field, Indiana  September 1962    Assigned to 12th Tactical Wing (Tactical Air Command), MacDill AFB, Florida  December 1963    Assigned 366th Tactical Fighter Wing (Tactical Air Command), Holloman AFB, New Mexico  November 1964    Moved to Mobile Air Material Area, Alabama  May 1965    Assigned to 102nd Tactical Fighter Group (Air National Guard), Logan Air Field, Massachusetts August 1968    Unit moved to Otis AFB, Massachusetts (Deployed to Baer Field, Indiana)  October 1971    Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum status.

Written by Mike Cole, Houston, Texas, January 21, 2005:

 

The F-84 that Jerry Blaylock spoke of number 52-6455 located at the American

Legion post in front of Ellington field has a special meaning to me.  I was stationed at

Ellington when the # 6455 was flown in.  I was assigned the duty of getting it ready

for display at the American Legion.  When it arrived all the armament was already

removed, but while searching the nose section for any foreign objects I found two live

50 caliber rounds and a number of spent cartridge hulls, and several of the clips that

hold them together.  Also when the engine was removed I retrieved the engine ID

plate and still have it in my possession to this day.

This page was contributed greatly by the hard work of Legionnaire Jerry Blaylock

Thunderbirds

The F-84F Thunderstreak was flown by the U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, during 1955-1956. The straight-wing configuration of the F-84G was considered well suited for aerobatic and demonstration maneuvers, though the aircraft could not exceed the speed of sound. A series of formation aerobatics, lasting a total of 15 minutes, comprised the original demonstration. The “solo” was not originally incorporated into the demonstration, however, as the season progressed, the team took opportunities to perform “solo” maneuvers with a spare aircraft. Always trying to display the most advanced fighters of the age, the swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreak became the team’s new aircraft in 1955."U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds | America's Ambassadors in Blue." History | U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017. <http://afthunderbirds.com/site/history/>.
Shown below is F-84F S/N 52-6563 painted as it was when flown by the Thunderbirds:

For Much More Information See Wikipedia

"Republic F-84F Thunderstreak." Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Mar. 2017. Web. 28 Mar. 2017. .