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By 1945, Alexander Kartveli, had developed a jet version of his very successful P-47 Thunderbolt design. The prototype XP-84 first flew in 1946.
The F-84 Thunderjet was the first jet fighter to fly across the Atlantic and the first jet fighter with air to air refueling. The F-84 was also the first USAF jet fighter to carry tactical nuclear weapons.
Entering service in 1947, the F-84 was used in Korea, replacing the P-51 and F-80 Shooting Star. The F-84 was initially to escort the B-29 bomber. With the debut of the F-86, the Thunderjet was relegated to spend most of its career in the bomber role and was very successful in the destruction of dams, bridges, railroads, supply depots and other ground strike targets.
In all, 7,889 aircraft left the assembly lines, nearly half would serve with allied countries.
The final variant F-84F saw a drastic change with the adoption of the swept wing and entered service in 1954.
Service History of 49-2155
Delivered: Feb 21, 1950
Feb 1950 27th FW (SAC) Bergstrom AFB, TX
Sept 1950 36th FBW USAFE Furstenfeldbruck AB, West Germany and deployed to Gibelstadt AB, West Germany, Wheelus AB Libya, Metz AB France, Bitburg AB and Erding AB both in West Germany.
Aug 1953 59th Air Depot Wing USAFE RAF Renfew, UK
Jan 1954 Mobile Air Mat Area, Brookley AFB, AL
Feb 1954 3600th FTW (ATC) Luke AFB, AZ
July 1955 3040th A/C Storage SQD (AMC) Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
Apr 1956 Oklahoma City Air Mat Center, Tinker AFB, OK
May 1956 173rd FIS (ANG) Lincoln AP, NE
Aug 1956 124th FIS (ANG) Des Moines AP, IA
Stricken: Oct, 1958
First Produced: 1947
Powerplant: (1) Allison J35-A-17D
Thrust: 4,900 lbs
Service Ceiling: 40,400 ft
Cruise: 483 mph
Top Speed: 606 mph
Range: 1,485 miles with tanks
Empty Weight: 11,460 lbs
Gross Weight: 22,460 lbs
Wing Span: 36’5”
Wing Area: 260 sq. ft
Armament: (6) .50 cal machine
guns, 2,000 lbs of bombs
Number Built: 7,524 total
743 E models