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Republic YRF-84F 'Thunderflash'

Description
  Manufacturer:Republic
  Base model:F-84
  Designation:YRF-84
  Version:F
  Nickname:Thunderflash
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance
  Status:Prototype
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Specifications
Not Yet Available

Known serial numbers
51-1828

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

YRF-84F on display

United States Air Force Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Jack Foster
 , OH
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
 Newtown, PA
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]

 
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