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VFW 2872’s Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

5 May 2022

33º 58′ 02″ N / 83º 24′ 38″ W

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak at the VFW Post 2872 Athens GA

Republic Aviation’s F-84F Thunderstreak appeared as a swept wing variant of the prior F-84 Thunderjets (F-84A through F-84E models). The 38.5º of swept wing is comparatively quite apparent as well as dramatic though, surprisingly, performance increase was minimal. Republic’s effort to compete with North American’s F-86 Sabre was less than stellar but a war was on (the Korean War) and the Air Force was revamping to jet fighters as quickly as possible due to USSR’s introduction of the MiG-15 (and the beginning of a new era in fighter combat).

Infamously known for long take off runs and almost impossible spin recovery traits the F-84F otherwise handled well. A Thunderstruck was flown for a record flight from Los Angeles to New York in a time of 3:46:33.6. The pilot, Lt. Col. Robert Ray Scott would later be project officer on Republic Aviation’s much more successful subsequent effort—the F-105 Thunderchief.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak at the VFW Post 2872 Athens GA
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak at the VFW Post 2872 Athens GA
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak as well as a variety of war memorials at the VFW Post 2872 Athens GA
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