The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak was an American-built swept-wing turbojet fighter-bomber. While an evolutionary development of the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet, the F-84F was a new design. The RF-84F Thunderflash was a photo reconnaissance version.
Project Run In completed operational tests in November 1954 and found
the aircraft to be to USAF satisfaction and considerably better than
the F-84G. However, ongoing engine failures resulted in the entire fleet
being grounded in early 1955. Also, the J65 engine continued to suffer
from flameouts when flying through heavy rain or snow.
As the result of the problems, the active duty phaseout began almost as
soon as the F-84F entered service in 1954, and was completed by 1958.
Increased tensions in Germany associated with construction of the Berlin Wall
in 1961 resulted in reactivation of the F-84F fleet. In 1962, the fleet
was grounded due to the corrosion of control rods. A total of 1,800 man hours were expended to bring each aircraft to full operational capacity. Stress corrosion eventually forced the retirement of ANG F-84Fs in 1971.
On 9 March 1955, Lt. Col. Robert R. Scott, in a F-84F Thunderstreak,
set a three-hour, 44-minute and 53-second record for the 2,446 mile
flight from Los Angeles to New York.
With the appearance of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, which also used wing-root mounted air intakes, the Thunderstreak became known as the Thud's Mother. The earlier F-84A had been nicknamed the "Hog" and the F-84F "Super Hog," the F-105 becoming the "Ultra Hog".
In what is probably one of the very few air-to-air engagements
involving the F-84F, two Turkish Air Force F-84F Thunderstreaks shot
down two Iraqi Il-28 Beagle
bombers that crossed the Turkish border by mistake during a bombing
operation against Iraqi Kurdish insurgents. This engagement took place
on 16 August 1962.
The F-84F was retired from active service in 1964, and replaced by the North American F-100 Super Sabre. The RF-84F was replaced by the RF-101 Voodoo in USAF units, and relegated to duty in the Air National Guard. The last F-84F Thunderflash retired from the ANG in 1971. Three Hellenic Air Force RF-84Fs that were retired in 1991 were the last operational F-84s.
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
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