Thunderjet Main Gear Door Comparison


The Thunderjet had two different types of landing gear fitted. A hydraulic strut compression system was used up through the C- model, and a mechanical strut compression system was used on D- and later models. This change also showed in the main gear door covers, as the hydraulic system had the three piece doors fitted, and the mechanical system had the two piece doors fitted. As shown below, the well for the three piece doors was shaped quite differently than the well for the two piece doors. Also, note the difference in service panels on the lower doors between the two types. For informational purposes: Republic documents generally refer to the gear doors as fairings.

F-84E Main Gear Doors

Main gear well doors as used on the Thunderjet up through the C-model. There were three parts comprising the outer doors, and the upper two (outboard when closed) formed a cresecent shape.

Main gear well doors as used on the Thunderjet D-, E- and G-models. There were two parts comprising the outer doors, and the upper one (outboard when closed) had only a slight angle on the trailing edge.


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