Greetings...and hello there Bill.
This is for you mate, remember?
Taken at The Combat Air Museum, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas. Visit is well worth it because....NO BARRIERS! Yay!
The Republic F-84F Thunderstreak was an American-built swept-wing turbojet fighter-bomber. While an evolutionary development of the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet, the F-84F was a new design. The RF-84F Thunderflash was a photo reconnaissance version..
'Project Run In' completed operational tests in November 1954 and found the aircraft to be to USAF satisfaction and considerably better than the F-84G. However, ongoing engine failures resulted in the entire fleet being grounded in early 1955. Also, the J65 engine continued to suffer from flameouts when flying through heavy rain or snow. As the result of the problems, the active duty phaseout began almost as soon as the F-84F entered service in 1954, and was completed by 1958. Increased tensions in Germany associated with construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 resulted in reactivation of the F-84F fleet. In 1962, the fleet was grounded due to corrosion of control rods. A total of 1,800 man hours was expended to bring each aircraft to full operational capacity. The aircraft were retired from active service in 1964. Stress corrosion forced retirement of ANG F-84Fs in 1971.
In what is probably one of the very few air-to-air engagements involving the F-84F, two Turkish Air Force F-84F Thunderstreaks shot down two Iraqi Il-28 Beagle bombers that crossed the Turkish border by mistake during a bombing operation against Iraqi Kurdish insurgents. This engagement took place on 16 August 1962..
There are a good few of these around, but not that many abroad except in Turkey and Belgium.. The rest are scattered..
Powerplant: 1 × Wright J65-W-3 turbojet, 7,220 lbf (32.2 kN).
Maximum speed: 695 mph at sea level
Range: 810 mi combat radius with two droptanks
Service ceiling: 46,000 ft.
6x .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M3 machine guns,
Up to 6,000lb (2,727 kg) of rockets and bombs, including one Mark 7 nuclear bomb.
Hope you like,
Oct 16, 2012 4:28:49 pmby neiwil Homepage »
Very interesting post mate, rotate the body 90 degrees and you've got an F-100, this aircraft designing mallarky is easy :-) First view 'up the nose' of one of these for me too, though I did see one on display at Bodrum Airport, along with an F-5.Saddly a military airfield so no visits and no cameras but we did taxi past the two water bombers that Buffalo Airways sold to Turkey.New Turkish markings but they still retain the Buffalo logo on the tail....I digress, cool shot and by all accounts a very cool (no barriers) Museum.
Oct 17, 2012 1:36:19 amby bmac62 Homepage »
Super shot Rob. This is a very crisp, clear image. Like your POV. I remember this place well...was fun rummaging around in the restoration hangar where things looked rough and not very ready:) Seemed like the supply of skilled volunteers was running out. Hope this museum has a future... They need a well healed benefactor.