Republic YRF-84F 'Thunderflash'
| Jack Foster|
| Yes, this is a YRF-84F. It was originally built as the YF-96A and was later modified to serve as a prototype for the RF-84F FICON program. |
03/03/2010 @ 13:44 [ref: 25809]
| Andy Crews|
San Antonio, TX
| That is the YRF-84F FICON prototype. It was based on the RF-84E fuselage (with the circular air intake) with the additon of swept wings and tail from the RF-84F. It's unique because of the drooped tailplanes in the rear of the aircraft. |
08/04/2008 @ 17:00 [ref: 22354]
| arthur miller|
| The aircraft pictured is not the YRF-84F, but the YF-96A.
Republic received the designation when making a swept-wing
version of their F-84 Thunderjet. It was called the YF-96A.
The swept-wing F-84F Thunderstreak, was designed with a larger engine than the straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet, so the air intake was designed as a large vertical oval, not circular, as pictured. The RF-84F Thunderflash was a swept-wing aircraft with air intakes at the wing roots, not the nose cowling. The aircraft pictured is actually the FICON version. This aircraft was designed with a nose hook apparatus that enabled it to be carried inside a bomber bomb bay to operate as a parasite fighter to protect the bomber. It was not a very successful program.
05/27/2004 @ 12:03 [ref: 7487]