I said I would post a separate thread on F84 stories after a post in S Korea
thread that included a link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-84
which brought back memories from my days as a Fighter pilot stationed at
Nagoya Japan from 1955 - 1957 with frequent TDY to K6 airfield in Korea.
This is a long post so read what you wish :>)

The article lists several capabilities of the F84 and I will go over several
of these. The first is that it says it is in flight refuelable!
There are/were 2 basic refuel methods available in those days, Boom and
probe and drogue. SAC (Strategic Air Command) had priority on all the boom
operators so we were stuck with the oldest slowest tankers with hoses
trailing behind with baskets (drogues) on the end. To stick these they
welded probes on the end of the tip tanks (see picture on link) and we flew
the probes (think phallic) into the basket and filled one tank at a time.
That is 230 gallons or 1500 pounds roughly 17 feet away from center. Then
back off and holding stick very hard to other side stick the other tip while
emptying full tank into internal tanks and fill that side. Then go back
third time and fill the now empty first tip tank. At the slow tanker speeds
this was an EXTREMELY difficult task!!!

It says: The F-84 was the first aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force
Thunderbirds, which operated F-84 G Thunderjets from 1953 to 1955 The leader
of the Thunderbirds Dick Cattledge (sp) became our Squadron commander and I
had the privilege of flying right wing as he started to form a Far East
Acrobatic Team. The PACAF Commander found out what he was doing before we
put on any shows but he was the smoothest leader I ever flew formation on!!!

It says: ... the first single-seat aircraft capable of carrying a nuclear
bomb. Yes we had a Nuclear capability and assigned targets. We could not
keep nukes in Japan so we had to fly elsewhere to pick those up if war broke
out. During the Suez crisis we were having a Squadron party at the O Club
and the commander stood up on the stage and rang the big bell and SHOUTED
for attention. He told all the pilots to go outside and stick their fingers
down their throat and throw up that we had to go to our WAR base to get
weapons!!! The Flight Surgeon met us at the flight line to further sober us
up and we started our engines and taxied out toward the runway. We held for
about 30 minutes and were called back in. I understand this happened world
wide. Not too many people realize how close the world came in 1956!!!

To deliver a nuke in an F84 you flew directly over the target and pulled up
into the start of a loop. At approximately 110 degrees the bomb released
automatically (or manually) and you continued to pull untill approximately
45 degrees from ground at which point you rolled 180 degrees and dived to as
low as you dared. The nuke would go almost straight up and come back down on
target airbursting while you were at safe distance. The accuracy of delivery
depended on how level you kept your wings and how close you kept the pull up
to the prescribed 4 G pull. The bomb goes a LONG way up before it comes
down. A funny thing happened at a practice range one day. A pilot having
difficulty qualifying let one wing drop a little and his little 3 pound
smoke bomb went off range. A Japanese Papason got up from bed to take a leak
and the smoke hit right in the center of the bed he left :>)

In my 5000 hours of Fighter time I made to dead stick landings (Engine out)
one was F84 and the other was T-33. No fighter made after the F84 could be
safely landed dead stick.

Lastly the saying in the 50's was you can tell a Mustang (p-51) driver by
his big right leg and a Hog driver by his big Right arm :>)

Hope this didn't bore too many of you!

Frank McCallister