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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

F-84 Thunderstreak

 
 
F-84 Thunderstreak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
1. F-84 Thunderstreak Marker
Inscription.
The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-winged F-84 Thunderjet. The first prototype flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the Tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter-bomber.

Republic Aviation built 2,112 F models while General Motors fabricated an additional 599 aircraft. Of these, 1,301 models were delivered to NATO air forces. Production of a reconnaissance version, the RF-84F, totaled 718 aircraft including 386 for allied countries. The RF-84F featured engine air intakes at the wing root and cameras in the nose.

F-84Fs were gradually replaced by the supersonic F-100 aircraft in the late 1950s and were turned over to the Air National Guard units. However, some F-84s were called back to temporary USAF service in the early 1960s due to the Berlin Crisis.

This aircraft S/N 51-9495 is depicted in the 401st Fighter-Bomber Wing's colors, the 401st FBW was stationed at England AFB, LA and had deployments to Eglin AFB, FL. The F-84F brought stardom to the 401st when they participated in the filming of the "The McConnell Story", eight aircraft were painted blue with MIG-15 markings to simulate enemy aircraft during the Korean conflict in the aerial combat scenes of the movie.

Specifications
Manufacturer General Motors Corporation
Thrust One
F-84 Thunderstreak & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
2. F-84 Thunderstreak & Marker
— Wright J65-W-3 Turbojet engine rated at 7,220 lbs of thrust
Length 43 ft 5 in
Height 14 ft 5 in
Wingspan 33 ft 7 in
Weight 13,645 lbs Empty / 27,000 lbs Max
Speed 685 mph Max 535 mph Cruise
Range 1650 Miles
Ceiling 44,450 ft
Armament Six — 50 Cal machine guns and 24 — 5 in rockets or 6,000 lbs of bombs
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
 
Location. 30° 27.967′ N, 86° 33.626′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Pinchot Road (State Road 189) near Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-89 Scorpion (here, next to this marker); F-100 Supersabre (a few steps from this marker); CGM-13 Mace Missile (a few steps from this marker); F-104 Starfighter (within shouting distance of this marker); T-33 T-Bird (within shouting distance of this marker); IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform
F-84 Thunderstreak image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
3. F-84 Thunderstreak
(within shouting distance of this marker); B-47 Stratojet (within shouting distance of this marker); O-2 Skymaster (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Republic F-84F Thunderstreak on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 126 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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