Republic F-84 Thunderjet

$237,000 fighter-bomber as of 1953

Republic F 84B Thunderjet in flight.
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The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was manufactured by Republic Aviation as a turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft in the United States. In 1944, it originated as a day fighter for the requirement of the United States Army Air Force and performed its first flight in 1946. It was introduced in November 1947 and was retired in the United States Army Air Force in 1964, while in the Yugoslavia in 1974. A total of 7,524 aircraft were built.

Manufacturer:
Republic Aviation
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1947 to: 1953
ICAO:
F84
Price:
US$0.237 million (1953)

Specifications

Avionics:
A-1CM or A-4 gunsight with AN/APG-30
Engine:
1x Allison J35-A-29
Jet
Power:
5,560 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
541 knots
1,002 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
1,700 Nautical Miles
3,148 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
40,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
3765 feet / minute
19.13metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
10,587 Kg
23,340 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
2,000 Kg
4,409 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
11.6 metre - 38.06 feet
Tail height:
3.91 metre - 12.83 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
11.1 metre - 36.42 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

On September 11, 1944, a General Operational Requirement from the United States Army Air Force was released for a day fighter capable of flying on a top speed of 521 knots, with a combat range of 612 nautical miles, could be loaded with either six 12.7 mm or 15.2 mm machine guns, and powered by a single Allison J35 engine.

On November 11 of the same year, the manufacturing company Republic Aviation received three prototypes order. The prototype was designated as XP-84. On February 28, 1946, it took to the air for the first time piloted by Major Wallace A. “Wally” Lien. In November 1947, the aircraft entered into service. It was produced in several versions with a total number of 7,524 Thunderjets built.

The F-84G version is a single-seat fighter bomber with an external length of 11.61 meters, an external height of 2.7 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.2 meters. It has a tail height of 3.91 meters and a wheelbase of 5.4 meters. The wingspan is 11.10 meters and the wing area is 24 square meters. It has an empty weight of 5,203 kg, a gross weight of 8,201 kg, and a maximum takeoff weight of 10,587 kg. The maximum payload is 2,000 kg.

The aircraft is powered by a single Allison J35-A-29 engine. It is an afterburning turbojet with an eleven-stage axial compressor, eight tubular inter-connected combustion chambers, a single-stage axial turbine, and a dry-sump pressure system with spur gear pressure and scavenge pumps. The engine produces a maximum thrust of 5,560 lbf.

The Thunderjet has a maximum speed of 541 knots and a cruise speed of 413 knots. The combat range is 870 nautical miles, and the ferry range is 1,700 nautical miles with external tanks. It can fly up to 40,500 feet and can climb at a rate of 3,765 feet per minute.

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