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Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

Republic F-84F Thunderjetstreak

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The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak was an American swept-wing turbojet fighter-bomber.

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In 1948, a swept wing version of the F-84 was created with the hope of bringing performance to the level of the F-86. The last production F-84E was fitted with a swept tail, a new wing with 38.5 degrees of leading edge sweep and 3.5 degrees of anhedral, and a J35-A-25 engine producing 5,300 pound-force (23.58 kN) of thrust.[1] The aircraft was designated XF-96A. It flew on 3 June 1950 with Otto P. Haas at the controls. Although the airplane was capable of 602 knots (693 mph, 1,115 km/h), the performance gain over the F-84E was considered minor.[1] Nonetheless, it was ordered into production in July 1950 as the F-84F Thunderstreak. The F-84 designation was retained because the fighter was expected to be a low-cost improvement of the straight-wing Thunderjet with over 55 percent commonality in tooling.[1]

Operational History

The Thunderstreak suffered from the same poor takeoff performance as the straight-wing Thunderjet despite having a more powerful engine. In reality, almost 700 pounds-force (3.11 kN) or ten percent of total thrust was lost because the J65 was installed at an angle and its jet pipe was not perfectly straight (in addition to the usual thrust losses from the long jet pipe). On a hot day, 7,500 feet (2,285 m) of runway were required for takeoff roll.[2] A typical takeoff speed was 160 knots (185 mph, 300 km/h).[2] Like the Thunderjet, the Thunderstreak excelled at cruise and had predictable handling characteristics within its performance envelope. Like its predecessor, it also suffered from accelerated stall pitch-up and potential resulting separation of wings from the airplane. In addition, spins in the F-84F were practically unrecoverable and ejection was the only recourse below 10,000 feet (3,000 m)

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

Operators

 

 Belgium
 Republic of China (Taiwan)
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Greece
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Turkey
 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

Performance

Performance

  • 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)

Armament

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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