The second YF-84F prototype was completed with wing-root air intakes. These were not adopted for the fighter due to loss of thrust. However, this arrangement permitted placement of cameras in the nose and the design was adopted for the RF-84F Thunderflash reconnaissance version.
The first YRF-84F was completed in February 1952.
The aircraft retained an armament of four machine guns and could carry
up to fifteen cameras. Innovations included computerized controls which
adjusted camera settings for light, speed, and altitude, a periscope to
give the pilot better visualization of the target, and a voice recorder
to let the pilot narrate his observations. Being largely identical to
the F-84F, the Thunderflash suffered from the same production delays and
engine problems, delaying operational service until March 1954. The
aircraft was retired from active duty in 1957, only to be reactivated in
1961, and finally retired from the ANG in 1972.
Several modified Thunderflashes were used in the FICON project.
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