by Tommy H. Thomason

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

U.S, Navy F-84 Thunderjet Target Drone Program

It's not Photoshopped:

For more on this aircraft, see https://thanlont.blogspot.com/2019/08/us-navy-f-84-thunderjet.html

Unfortunately, no color photo of it exists and interpretation of this one is difficult.

As a target drone, it should have been painted overall Insignia Red.

However, the wings and empennage seem to be a lighter color than the fuselage. Except for not having a red stripe on the wings and a red rudder or vertical tail, it appears to be painted as a drone controller, with an Engine Gray fuselage and Orange Yellow wings and empennage.
Note that the entire vertical tail of some target tow/drone controllers were red.

This F-84 went through a Navy repair and overhaul facility before going to NADC, so presumably the proper color scheme was known.  However, there is a possibility that there was some confusion with the scheme.

In any event, this was an F-84B, so it had a shorter fuselage and sliding canopy than the E and subsequent. (Also see https://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2018/12/republic-f-84-thunderjet-fuselage-length.html)

Scooter!

The first edition of Scooter! is out of print and selling for silly prices on Amazon so Crécy decided to publish a second one. I've corrected typos and errors as well as added new illustrations and updated the sections on foreign military services and civil-registered Skyhawks. Also see HERE. For reviews of the first edition, click HERE.
All the author and editor reviews are complete. It should be going to the printer this week and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.