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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
USA
fighter-bomber
1952



  • Technical data


Span 10.05 m (32.8 ft)
Length 13.1 m (42,6 ft)
Take-off weight 12,700 kg (27,998 lb)
Maximum speed 1118 km/h (604 kt)
Ceiling 13,700 m (44,500 ft)
Range 3,724 km (2,010 NM)
Armament six 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Browning M3 machine guns and 2,720 kg (6,000 lb) of ordnance (bombs, rockets or fuel tanks) on four underwing pylons
Powerplant :
Wright J-65-W-3 turbojet engine, rated at 32 kN (7,220 lb) or W-7 rated at 34 kN (7,800 lb)

 

The main strike aircraft of the NATO in the 1950s.

An American fighter-bomber aircraft. It was developed as an upgraded version of the F-84E Thunderjet, the main change was the introduction of swept wings. The development was plagued with many problems with the engine and the airframe and the first production aircraft entered service in the USAF as late as 1954. It was rather brief, due to the long birth process combined with rapid development of turbojet aircraft. As a result, when the F-84F was entering service, it no longer was a modern aircraft and was soon replaced by aircraft with more advanced equipment and better performance.

Until 1957 a total number of 2348 were built. Some USAF aircraft were capable of carrying Mark 7 nuclear bomb with the yield of 20 kilotons. The RF-84F Thunderflash photo reconnaissance version was also developed. The F-84F and RF-84F were used in combat by France during the Suez Crisis in 1956.

The example on display, serial number 52-7157 was donated by the Museum of Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels.

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