Nose of Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
This is a view of the air inlet for the 5,300lb st Allison J35-A-25 turbine engine taken at Maps Air Museum near the Akron/Canton Airport in Ohio.
The first Thunder jets to have a taste of battle were the F-84E series aircraft of 27th Fighter-Escort Wing (522nd, 523rd and 524th Squadrons) in December, 1950, in Korea and they were joined during the course of that campaign by the F-84s flown by 49th Group (7th, 8th, 9th Squadrons); 58th (69th, 310th, 311th); 474th (428th, 429th, 430th) in 1951, and 1952. At first the Thunder jets were used to escort bombers but when the swept-wing MiG-15 appeared on the scene, which could out fly all the American fighters, they were used as fighter-bombers to outstanding effect, earning widespread respect for their effectiveness.
The Republic F-84 Thunder jet, the best of the first generation jet fighters. It was designed by the creator of the outstanding P-47 Thunderbolt, Alexander Kartveli, and the F-84 echoed in a more modern and aggressive way the success of its illustrious predecessor. As many as 7,889 aircraft in numerous variants (amongst which the last one, the F-84F, was a major redesign of the original version, having a swept wing) left the assembly lines and of these almost half, 3,723 aircraft equipped the air forces of NATO countries within the context of American post-war military aid programs. In Italy for example the Aeronautica Militare put F-84s into service in 1952 and kept the RF-84F photo-reconnaissance variant in use until 1974. In the USAF the Thunder jet/Thunderstreak/Thunder flash (these were the names of the principal variants of the F-84) stayed in first line service until the middle of the sixties.
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