Description: The RF-84F was the light fighter/reconaissance version of the F84F. It’s history started back during the Korea War when the US Air Force requested a new aircraft with high speed for reconnaissance and spot enemy targets and could also fire back if attacked. The first prototype was the second YF-84F prototype that was modified to satisfy the requested characteristics. Compared to the normal F84F, this one had air intakes on the wings and a pointed nozzle that allowed the installation of six cameras. In the weapons department, the aircraft was fitted with a 4x12.7 mm machinegun near the air intakes. The aircraft also got improved avionics, but aside from those modifications, all remained identical to the F84F. The USA ordered a total of 388 aircraft and provided them to all NATO users of the F84F. The Italian Air Force operated 78 units from 1956 to 1974. It equpped the 3rd Stormo, and it was the main dedicated reconnaissance aircraft of the Italian Air Force for nearly two decades. Some units were conserved as gate guardians, while another one was fully restored and exposed in the Museum of Vigna di Valle, where it is possible to see it today.
Why it should be in the game: it will offer another capable aircraft to the Italian post war aircraft that right now is lacking in number.
Engine: One Wright J65-W-7 turbojet, 7,800 lb (3,540 kg) thrust
Wingspan: 33 ft 7 in (10.24 m)
Length: 47 ft 7 in (14.52 m)
Height: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
Weight: 28,000 lb (12,700 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed: 679 mph (1,092 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 46,000 ft (14,020 m)
Range: 2,200 miles (3,540 km)
Armament: 4 x .50 cal machine guns
STORMO! Italaerei 1/72 Republic RF-84F Thunderflash by Vince Tassone
Republic RF 84F A Nola presso la Geven MM 52-7457
F-84F Thunderstreak – RF-84F Thunderflash – Aviation Collectables Company