F-84D/G Thunderjet Nose Landing Gear


Starting with the D-model, the landing gear on the Thunderjet was used a mechanical rather than hydraulic method to shrink the gear to fit into the gear bays upon retraction of the landing gear. The primary visible difference made to the nose gear was the addition of the shrink strut which was placed forward of the oleo strut. This shrink strut intruded into the nose inlet ring, so a small rectangular fairing door was added into the base of the nose inlet ring to accomodate the shrink strut when the gear was extended. The other change made was use of a wheel and tire assembly which was large in diameter but narrower than the wheel and tire assemly used on the Thunderjet up through the C-model. The illustrations below show the nose landing gear as used on the D and G-models, with one exception; the illustrations have not been updated to show the narrow wheel and tire, rather showing the wide wheel and tire. There were no illustrations of the E-model landing gear in the archives; although there are differences in these illustrations of the D- and G-model nose gear, they are minor, and the E-model would not have significant differences from those shown here.

Illustrations from the Republic archives courtesy of E.J. Boss.

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F-84D nose landing gear assembly

F-84D nose landing gear parts



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F-84G nose landing gear assembly

F-84G nose landing gear parts


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