"Indeed it is a sad ending... however, most pilots would trade the F-84F for the F-84G anyday... horror stories abound."
"Now that is a fact.
By the time I arrived in Unka Sam's Air Farce, the hog was pretty
much gone. My introduction to them was when a couple of
Miss. ANG RF-84Fs showed up one day. A buddy and I went
down to Transit to look at and photograph 'em. After
looking them over and shooting some pictures, we turned to walk
away. One of them must not have liked us much. It
promptly dumped both drop tanks on the ground! No one
anywhere near them, and they had arrived that way, with the tanks
attached (??). Since they only dropped about a foot or so,
no big catastrophe occurred. One tank cracked a bit and
spilled fuel all over under the plane. Needless to say the
fire guys got to make a run, and the two somewhat embarrassed
jocks didn't get to go home the next day as planned. They
waited until a new set of tanks arrived."
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