6- 12.7 mm
38 ft. 1 in.
36 ft. 5 in.
The F-84 Thunderjet, produced by Republic starting in 1947, was the first U.S. fighter to be produced after the end of World War II. It was also the first U.S. Air Force jet fighter able to carrying nuclear ordnance. No subsonic straight-wing jet fighters were deployed in numbers by the U.S. Air Force after the F-84 Thunderjet.
The U.S. Air Force F-84 Thunderjet first saw action during the Korean War. Successful bombing by F-84 Thunderjet aircraft of dams in May of 1953 resulted in the complete loss of electrical power in North Korea. Although not an air supremacy aircraft, the F-84 Thunderjet managed to damage or down over 100 North Korean fighter aircraft during the war.
The Strategic Air Command used F-84 Thunderjet aircraft as escorts for their heavy bombers. They were the first fighter aircraft capable of mid-air refueling. During August of 1953, F-84 Thunderjet aircraft, with in flight refueling, flew 4,485 miles without landing from the United States to Great Britain. It was the longest flight ever undertaken by single engine fighter aircraft to that date.
The swept wing F-84 Thunderstreak was developed from the straight wing aircraft. It first took to the air on June 3, 1950. Over 3,400 of the aircraft were produced, but they were plagued by engine and handling problems.
A total of over 10,950 F-84 Thunderjet aircraft of all types were produced. The last U.S. straight wing F-84 Thunderjet aircraft were removed from active service in 1957, while the swept-wing F-84 aircraft were deployed into 1971.
We received the following email from Will Beavor: “I just saw you have a picture of my RC F-84 Thunderjet. You wanted to know some details: Wingspan: 38 1/2 in., 42 3/4 in. with tip tanks, length: 40 3/4 in., fan unit: WeMoTec Mini-fan 480, motor: Kontronik Fun 400-36, ESC: Kontronik Jazz 55-6-18 with BEC, battery: 11 x GP2200 NiMh, controls: elevator, ailerons and throttle, weight: 3 1/2 lbs. (1578g) with flight battery, construction: fiberglass fuselage and tip tanks, balsa wings and tailplane. I built another RC F-84 Thunderjet (with a more powerful setup in it) and I put a clear detailed cockpit on both – I have attached a picture (see directly above). – Best Regards, Will Beavor.” Thank you very much for the picture and information about your RC F-84 Thunderjet model aircraft, Will. Those are fine looking airplanes!
The RC F-84 Thunderjet slope soarer from Paul Janssens plans has a wingspan of 35 in. and uses ailerons and elevator controls. You can find the plans in the PSS Model Plans directory.