REPUBLIC’S F-84F Thunderstreak fighter-bomber. Armed with six .50 caliber guns and more than 6,000 pounds of external armament. Carries nuclear weapons. Powered by J-65 turbojet engine with 7,200 pounds of thrust. Speeds over 650 mph. Set U. S. transcontinental speed record and world’s non-stop jet fighter distance record. Serves USAF and NATO air forces.
REPUBLIC AVIATION CORPORATION, Farmingdale, L. I., N. Y.
The aircraft was in production from 1952-1957. For more information, see the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s webpage about it.
Responding to a high volume of orders from the US government, the Republic Aviation Corporation opened a plant in Port Washington in 1951 to manufacture wings for its F84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F and F-105 jet fighter bombers. Employing over 3,000 people, 10% of them were Port Washington residents.
Photo of the northern hangar seen from the west, circa 1953. From the collection of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.