The USAF’s standard fighter-bomber of the 1950s was the distinctive, swept-wing Republic F-84F Thunderstreak. Malcolm V Lowe follows the development and extensive service of this characterful mud-mover
Spotlight on the F-84F
The widespread acceptance of jet propulsion – and increasing understanding of the benefits of sweptwing technology – created hitherto inconceivable possibilities for postwar aircraft designers. In the US, several warplanes at that time took full advantage of the potential of these developing concepts. One of these was the F-84F Thunderstreak, a product of Republic Aviation, which created the highly successful P-47 Thunderbolt.