MiG-15 vs. F-84F Thunderstreak?

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  1. Jerry W. Loper

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    The swept-wing Republic F-84F Thunderstreak entered operational service in 1954, the year after the Korean ceasefire. If that conflict had lasted a little longer, how would the F-84F have done against the MiG-15?
     
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    The F-84F was heavier and did not accelerate as fast as the MiG-15 or the MiG-15Bis. It was a bit faster than the F-86F but did have some nasty spin characteristics. Like the earlier F-84s it was a good fighter bomber and I think it was better served in that role based on its performance.
     
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    agree
     
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    Agree w/elaboration. The 84F was considered a dog in a fight with an 86, particularly the E and F... it was the first of the Republic Iron Works Lead Sleds with F105 taking future honors.

    My father considered that the USAF Fighter (air superiority role) program went down hill from the F-86 until the F-16... and he flew all of them (F80- 105) until 1962.

    Friends that flew both the F8U and F4 swore by the F8 as a dogfighter... but it was a Post Korean War anomaly re: ACM capability. It lost one fight in VietNam, killing 16 MiG17s and 3 MiG21's.
     
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    Good info Bill. My all time favorite airplane movie "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner had F-84s posing as MiGs (I'm sure you've seen it several times).

    I heard the same thing about the Crusader, AKA "The Last Gunfighter." Those who flew her loved her and touted that she was the true "MiG Master" of the Vietnam War (her record verifies that).

    JoeB might pipe in here but I read a Soviet pilot's critique of the F-84 and in aerial combat he thought it was a good aircraft.
     
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    Must be talking about D (maybe G?).. Did the F even fly in Korea?
     
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    I think just the D and G made it to Korea. I think the F came along in late 1953.
     
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    i just watched a documentary on mig-15's in Korea pretty cool :)
     
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    I myself, and in no way do I speak for the entire Membership here, could really give 2 sh!ts what u watched on TV....
     
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