F-84G Thunderjet

The F-84G was the definitive Thunderjet, as it finally came of age due to circumstances surrounding delays of the F-84F Thunderflash. A considerable number of changes were implemented to this follow-on model to the lengthened E-models, most of which most likely would never have been implemented had the Thunderstreak not been repeatedly delayed. The first G-model Thunderjets were externally identical to the E-models, the improvements being internal, most important of which was the J35-A-29 engine producing either 5,400 or 5,600 pounds static thrust (published reports differ), an improvement over the 5,000 pounds thrust produced by the -17 used in the E-models. However, the upgraded -29 engine installation required more air than the -17, so, starting with the G-20 models, so-called "suck-in" auxilliary intake doors were installed on either side of the lower fuselage under the cockpit at about the rudder pedals position to provide additional air to the engine when on the ground.

The G-model saw extensive active duty in Korea as well as being used by the USAFE and also by NATO and SEATO countries.

Identification Features:
Auxiliary intake "suck-in" doors on either side of fuselage below and ahead of wing roots.
These "suck-in" doors were not added in production until block 10, but were retrofitted to all G-models. Therefore, photographs of early G-models may not show these doors.


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F-84G-5-RE --FS-029-A. Photo courtesy of E.J. Boss.

F-84G-30-RE --FS-273-B. Photo courtesy of E.J. Boss.

F-84G, Portuguese Air Force. Mais Alto photo via Jo?o Vidal.



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F-84G-?-RE -- Thunderbirds. Photo courtesy of E.J. Boss.

F-84G-15-RE -- FS-185-B. Photo courtesy of E.J. Boss.

F-84G, Portuguese Air Force. Mais Alto photo via Jo?o Vidal.



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F-84G-26-RE 51-11209, Norwegian Air Force. Photo by Ragnar Eckoff.

F-84G 51-1105, Turkish Air Force. Photo courtesy of Kedi Maket Model.

F-84G FZ-72, Belgian Air Force. Photo by Guido Van Roy.



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F-84G FZ-154, Belgian Air Force. Postcard photo from collection of Guido Van Roy.

F-84G 187, Portuguese Air Force. Mais Alto photo via Jo?o Vidal.

F-84G 52-3325, USAF. Collection of David Menard via Joe Vincent.



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F-84G 51-11808, USAF. Collection of David Menard via Joe Vincent.

F-84G 51-1029, USAF. Collection of David Menard via Joe Vincent.

F-84G 51-842, USAF. Collection of David Menard via Joe Vincent.

Links to photos at other sites

USAF Museum F-84G -- FS-998-A
USAF Museum F-84G -- Tip-tank refueling from KB-29
USAF Museum F-84G -- 51-1965 Skyblazers Germany
USAF Museum F-84G -- RATO takoff
USAF Museum F-84G -- Cockpit (large photo)
USAF Nellis F-84G -- Thunderbirds
IPMS/Norway F-84G Photos

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