Air Force Flight Test Center Photos

Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Puffer, Ph.D.,
Historian, Air Force Flight Test Center, History Office.

Photo copyright History Office, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB; used by permission.


The first of the two XF-84H Thundershrieks, so nicknamed because of the sonic booms emitted by the propeller on this turboprop test bed. The triangular dorsal fin is said to be a vortex generator to counter the prop wash. Also, there are unconfirmed statements that this aircraft had an afterburner installed, but that raises the question: "An afterburner on a turboprop?"

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