Tuesday, November 25, 2008

F-84 Thunderjet 3-view

Republic F-84 Thunderjet plans
F-84 Thunderjet with alternative NACA style inlets
Republic had investigated a TG-180 powered P-47 derivative to meet a 1944 USAAF requirement for a jet fighter, but this soon fell by the wayside as the company focused on a clean sheet of paper design.

F-84C: J35-A-13C engine, new electrical system.

F-84D: The first combat-capable Thunderjet, the D-model had thicker wings.

F-84E: First flown in May 1949, the E-model had its fuselage stretched by a foot, and the wing was reinforced. J35-A-17 engine, capability to carry underwing tanks and RATO.

F-84G: Rolled out in June 1951, this was development of the F-84E, with the J35-A-29 engine, and a canopy with metal reinforcements for greater strength. The F-84G was the first tactical type built from the outset to take on fuel while airborne, in this case using a Boom-type receptacle on the port wing.

1/32 scale F-84G kit

F-84 Models and Photos 

 F-84G crash site near Tonopah, Arizona

 Details of a 1952 F-84E crash in the UK

Building the Hobby Boss 1/48 F-84G kit as a French aircraft

F-84 Bibliography:

"How to fly the Thunderjet"  Flying March 1949. Includes cockpit photos.

"Overhauling the Thunderjet" Flying February 1950. Some good views of F-84s undergoing maintenance.

"How Thunderjets Fare Under Fire"  Aviation Week June 18, 1951  p.9  Five photos.

"New F-84 Fitted for Air Refueling" Aviation Week June 18, 1951 p.15  One photo.

"What Makes the Mighty Thunderjet...Mighty" Flying May 1952. Includes a cutaway illustration.

George L. Christian "Tactical Jets Prove Ruggedness in Battle"  Aviation Week July 14, 1952. Several photos of F-84s with battle damage.

"Republic F-84" Aeroplane Monthly September 1987  p.456-457.  Pilot report on the early Thunderjets; photos include XP-84 45-59475, YP-84s 45-59485 and -59488.

Color profile: F-84 of the Georgia ANG.  Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare, p.267

Cutaway drawing of a Thunderjet, and a color photo of F-84G 51-16719 in Thunderbird colors. Modern Military Aircraft Anatomy  p.124-125

Photo: In flight color shot of 49th FBW F-84Bs. The History of the US Air Force, David A. Anderton  p.133

Ray Bonds Classic Fighters: The Inside Story p.216-221. Includes large format photos of two early P-84s in flight, and of a ZELL launch.

The Tamiya 1/48th scale F-84G finished as a French aircraft
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