F-84E Thunderjet at NMUSAF
Although currently displayed as an F-84G, the NMUSAF’s Thunderjet is an F-84E, which was transferred to the facility in 1963. The E-model aimed at correcting the many shortcomings of the earlier marks of Thunderjet, with a stretched fuselage, a reinforced airframe, and provision for JATO.
The first F-84E flew on 18 May 1949, and the type was operational later that year. Some 843 E-models were built through July 1951, with a hundred of these being export aircraft.
“First XP-84 Flight Exceeds Calculations” Aviation News March 11, 1946 p.11 Side, front, and rear views of the prototype.
Photos: “Speedy Combat Servicing Designed Into Republic Thunderjet” Aviation June 1947 p.59
Robert McLarren “Republic’s P-84 Thunderjet Designed Around A Specific Engine Type, the Axial-Flow J-35” Aviation Week May 24, 1948
Robert McLarren “F-84 Thunderjet: A Story of Development” Aviation Week September 5, 1949
Aviation Week June 18, 1951 p.15 “Mass F-84 Crashes Traced to Inlet Icing”; “New F-84 Fitted for Air Refueling”
Photos: “Thunderjets Fly Tokyo-Bangkok Nonstop” Aviation Week December 28, 1953 p.17
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