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F-84B-26 Thunderjet
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.8 tEmpty weight
8.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
sec31.0/31.0/0.0Turn Time
160 km/hStalling speed
Allison J35-A-15Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 045 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 х 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1 800 roundsAmmunition
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х HVAR rockets
2 х HVAR rockets
Setup 1
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 2
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 3
2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 4
2 х 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 5
2 х 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 6
2 х Tiny Tim rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
4 х HVAR rockets
Setup 7
2 х Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 8
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 9
2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 10
2 х 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 11
2 х 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 12
92 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
370 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 610 / 8 599/10 930 / 14 219/5 890 / 7 662Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
370 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.96 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the aircraft F-84B-26. For other uses, see F-84 (Family).


GarageImage F-84B-26.jpg

The F-84B-26 Thunderjet is a Rank V American jet fighter with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB), 7.3 (RB), and 8.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39. The F-84B-26 is known for its versatile payload and decent top speed, but lackluster in terms of acceleration. The Thunderjet does well at destroying ground targets, given the quantity and quality of payload.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
924 890 12 500 32.2 33.8 17.5 17.5 1500
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
960 948 12 500 30.2 31.0 27.3 22 1500


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1 045 320 550 ~11 ~4.5
Optimal velocities
< 530 < 600 < 690 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 1620 kgf No WEP

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front
  • 6.35 mm Steel plate in front of the pilot
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate in pilot's headrest
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M3 (12.7 mm)

The F-84B-26 is armed with:

  • 4 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 1,200 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The F-84B-26 can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 4 × 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 8 × 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 8 × 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 × 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 8 × 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 8 × 127 mm HVAR rockets + 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 2 × 298 mm Tiny Tim rockets + 8 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 2 × 298 mm Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 × 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs

Usage in battles

The F-84B-26 can be used in two different ways to maximize efficiency:

  1. Boom and Run: Due to the F-84's good top speed, a good way to fight an enemy is to get up to a higher altitude and dive towards the enemy aircraft, then shoot and extend to stay out of weapons range. Once you extend, re-position yourself and repeat.
  1. Slice and Dice: Stick low and gain speed (preferably above 800 km/h), once the bowl forms (bowl is when a cluster of enemy planes form into one area) cut through the bowl selecting one target plane and take a shot followed by extending and repositioning.

Enemy worth noting- every single plane which is faster than you. A slow F-84 is a dead 84, stay fast.

As fighter-bomber it can be used as a normal jet fighter too, utilizing the top speed, but hindered by acceleration and climb rate. Due to terrible acceleration, the main tactic to attack enemy fighters, as well as bombers, is to use Boom and Run and Boom and Zoom. Given the inherent issues, keeping energy while flying F-84 is crucial and hard. Indeed a difficult fighter to master, albeit a strict teacher for advanced jet tactics as necessary in the F-86A.

M3s Brownings are very good at shooting down all types of enemy fighters, bombers and attackers.

Due to very high RoF and low ammo count, trigger discipline is advised. Best ammo belts are Stealth and Omni-Purpose.


Due to better belts, it's recommended to first of all research Offensive 12mm. After it, the pilot needs to focus on Compressor and Engine upgrade, due to the very bad acceleration of this jet. Afterwards, New boosters and Wings repair is the best choice. Airframe and Cover will help plane in all respects. Then all the bombs and rockets to make the plane better at ground strike. However, if used as an assisting vehicle in combined battles going straight for all payload updates isn't a bad decision either. Under this consideration take New boosters and Engine as only sidesteps until all armament modules are researched. G-Suit isn't useful because turning in this plane bleeds speed for enemies to take advantage of. At last, Fuselage repair is additional.

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Offensive 12 mm FRC Mk.7 FSBC Mk.1
II New Boosters Compressor Airframe FSBC Mk.5
III Wings Repair Engine New 12 mm MGs FRC Mk.7a FMBC Mk.1
IV G-Suit Cover LFRC Mk.12 FLBC Mk.1

Pros and cons


  • Sufficient amount of ammo
  • Excellent top speed in a straight line
  • Above average acceleration levelled
  • Above average roll rate
  • Deadly rapid-firing M3 Browning machine guns
  • Nose mounted guns, no need to worry about convergence
  • Overall great durability
  • Great at Boom & Run and Boom & Zoom
  • Gigantic payload
  • Air spawn in realistic battle (most maps)


  • Need a solid burst to down an enemy
  • Engine suffers greatly at high altitudes
  • Terrible vertical energy retention
  • Loses all speed in turns
  • Average climb rate
  • Worst manoeuvrability of any early tier jets
  • Can carry a large and varied payload, though all of them substantially increase drag and weight, severely hampering the performance


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See also

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F-84  F-84B-26 Thunderjet · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 Sabre · F-86F-25 Sabre · F-86F-2 Sabre · F-86F-35 Sabre
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