Thunderjet Fuselage Aft Spine Comparison


The Thunderjet fuselage was extended 15 inches starting with the E model. The extension was added at station 157, which made the extension "overlap" the leading edge of the wing rather than being "inserted" ahead of the wing. Although, generally, the extension was inserted at station 157, in fact, the extension was distributed into several areas from cockpit to station 220. Externally, the primary indicator of the extension is visible by the changes to the wing root panels and by a 3-inch "splice" behind the canopy. The wing root differences are documented on the Wing Root comparison page.

F-84C Fuselage Spine F-84E Fuselage Spine

This is the C- aft fuselage. There is no separate panel on the aft end of the canopy frame, and there is no transverse splice panel aft of the canopy frame.

This is the E- aft fuselage. There is a separate panel on the aft end of the canopy frame, and there is a transverse splice panel aft of the canopy frame.

Also note the many differences in access panels and panel lines as seen on the C- model and the E-model.


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