Republic USA

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

USA Aircraft

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Seversky P-35 1935  / Republic P-43 Lancer 1940 

Republic F-84 Thunderjet 1946 / Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor 1949
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 1950Republic RF-84F Thunderflash 1952

Republic F-105 Thunderchief 1955 / Republic AP-100 1957 
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II 1972 


RF-84F Thunderflash Reconnaissance version of the F-84F with intakes relocated to the wing-roots, 715 built.

Goto Republic Aircraft

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.[1] The aircraft retained an armament of four machine guns and could carry up to fifteen cameras. Innovations included computerized controls which adjusted camera

Operational History

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.[

RoleFighter-bomber/Reconnaissance aircraft
National originUnited States
ManufacturerRepublic Aviation
First flightJune 3, 1950
IntroductionMay 12, 1954
Retired1972 (US ANG)
1991 (Greece)
Primary usersUnited States Air Force
German Air Force
Italian Air Force
Belgian Air Force
Number built3,428
Developed fromRepublic F-84 Thunderjet
VariantsRepublic XF-84H Thunderscreech



 Republic of China (Taiwan)
 United States

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 43 ft 4.75 in (13.23 m)
  • Wingspan: 33 ft 7.25 in (10.25 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 4.75 in (4.39 m)
  • Wing area: 325 sq ft (30 m2)
  • Empty weight: 13,830 lb (5,200 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 28,000 lb (12,701 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-3 turbojet, 7,220 lbf (32.1 kN) thrust



  • Maximum speed: 695 mph (1,119 km/h, 604 kn) at sea level
  • Range: 810 mi (1,304 km, 704 nmi) combat radius with two droptanks
  • Service ceiling: 46,000 ft (14,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 8,200 ft/min (42 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 86 lb/sq ft (423 kg/m2)

Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types