The first Republic F-84F Thunderstreak entered service in the United States Air Force around the mid-1950s. Characterized, unlike the previous F-84 Thunderjet, by an arrow wing and by the powerful Wright J-65 engine that brought it to a maximum speed exceeding 1,100 km / h, beyond the sound wall, the F84F equipped the air force hunting flocks of the newborn NATO during the first phase of the Cold War. It was used, among others, by Italy, France, West Germany, Holland, Greece and Turkey. The F-84F Thunderstreak was armed with 6 12.7 mm machine guns and had the possibility of transporting more than 2,700 kg of war load or additional tanks for the extension of the radius to the hooking points under the wings. action.
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