Thunderjet! Forgotten super jet of Korea and all points Portuguese
Here we see the very complex (when compared to a piston engine) cockpit of the Republic F-84G Thunderjet.
First flown just five months after VJ Day, the F-84 was on the cutting edge of late 1940s jet fighters. The Thunderjet was the first fighter with built-in aerial refueling capability, the first aircraft flown by the Thunderbirds, and the first single-seat aircraft capable of carrying a nuclear bomb. Some 7,524 were built and they gave yeoman service in Korea, flying a staggering 86,408 missions, dropping 55,586 tons of bombs and 6,129 tons of napalm a well as accounting for 8 MiGs. The Air Force says F-84s were responsible for 60 percent of all ground targets destroyed in the war.
Removed from front line service by the adoption of the F-100 Super Saber, they were transferred to the Air National Guard where they flew until 1971. Some 13 foregn countries flew the F-84 including the Portugese who used them extensively in Angola and the Greeks, who flew them util 1991!