The spatial transition of the wake behind a thin pitching plate in the thrust regime is studied. The drag-to-thrust transition is seen to occur at a threshold pitching frequency which becomes smaller for higher pitching angle and aspect ratio. The reverse von Kármán wake shows deflected asymmetric vortex pairing in two dimensions, while a bifurcated wake with a swirling ring is the signature in three dimensions, both resulting in nearly the same scaling for the power coefficient. The wake transition in the thrust regime occurs through three spatial regions comprising the reverse von Kármán vortex street, transitional zone, and twin jet region. Near the trailing edge, reverse von Kármán shedding is marked by linear decay of the spanwise wake width and growth of secondary instability. A large volume of fluid resulting from inward horizontal acceleration renders a weak form drag in the subsequent transition zone which is followed by vertical bifurcation into twin jet formation in the far wake. The spanwise pressure gradient is seen to guide the wake compression, with a streamwise adverse pressure gradient aiding it in the near wake.