Port Washington Aviation History

1950s

Republic Aviation F-84F Thunderstreak Postcard

strnad_republicF-84FThe back of the postcard reads:

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.

Republic Aviation Corp. Hangars, 1950s

arch604Aerial view of Republic Aviation Corporation, located on Manhasset Isle in Port Washington from 1950 to 1958.

Republic Aviation Corporation, Plant No. 2

fom044Responding 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.